A trailblazing open records coup for Manatee County courts

April 5, 2014 

Richard "Chips" Shore, Manatee County clerk of courts, has long championed online public access to court records.TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald


For advocates of open government, Manatee County ranks as a shining trailblazer in the matter of easy access to court records.

Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court R.B. "Chips" Shore has been the state's leader in Internet access since 2007, when his pilot program received court approval.

Now Florida's Supreme Court has approved Manatee County's model program for statewide implementation.

Kudos to Shore and his staff for creating easier access to public documents.

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