Petition statement to be delivered to The Florida State House, The Florida State Senate, and Governor Rick Scott

Allow Ancient Court Records & Files Online

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Allow Ancient Court Records & Files Online

To be delivered to The Florida State House, The Florida State Senate, and Governor Rick Scott

Petition Statement

Allow Court Records and Files older than 72 years to be placed online by the Alachua County Clerk of the Court, or any other Florida County Clerk. These are public records and can be viewed at the Court House, why not online? They are part of our Archive, not active court files.
There are currently 526 signatures. NEW goal - We need 750 signatures!

Petition Background

These court files, Probate and Civil cases, date back to the 1830s in our county. We had some of them online until the Florida Supreme Court ordered that only "Official" Official Records could be placed online by a Clerk's Office. This is a valuable part of our history that sits in dark boxes awaiting the light that the internet provides. We should be allowed a 72 year period like the Federal Census or something similar. Anything older should be allowed online. Jim Powell Jr, Ancient Records Coordinator for Alachua County, FL, Clerk of the Court

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