Ohio’s background check flaws put the public at risk; commercial searches better to protect the public

Ohio residents have been “falsely lulled into feeling secure with Ohio’s and the federal background check system,” said Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein in November 2020.  The state-maintained background check database is missing substantial amounts of criminal history information.  As reported by Courthouse News, “a minimum of 27% of Ohio felony convictions in 2015 were… Continue reading Ohio’s background check flaws put the public at risk; commercial searches better to protect the public

Another public records victory; this time in Arkansas

We posted before about CDIA’s defense of public records in Arkansas in an amicus brief before that state’s supreme court. Our brief was with the Coalition for Sensible Public Records Access (CSPRA) and the Sue Weaver CAUSE, in support of a case brought by the Professional Background Screeners Association (PBSA).  The court ruled in our… Continue reading Another public records victory; this time in Arkansas

PASS to success

CDIA and PBSA have joined forces to support Public Access Software Specifications (PASS). PASS leverages technology to improve the quality, accuracy, and efficiency of public records. In today’s economy, a greater demand for and policy concerning background screening, as well as more precise legal standards, is putting greater demands on public access from the courts.… Continue reading PASS to success

A nice 9th circuit victory for public record reinvestigations

The 9th Circuit issued a nice summary affirmation last week in a case in which CDIA filed an amicus brief. In Sustrik v. Equifax, the Court affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the Plaintiffs’ claims against Equifax based on an alleged failure to provide a notice of dispute results. In the case below, the Plaintiffs… Continue reading A nice 9th circuit victory for public record reinvestigations

CDIA’s amicus brief accepted by Ark. supreme court

Last week, the Arkansas Supreme Court accepted CDIA’s amicus brief in PBSA v. Jones where we urged the Court to “again reiterate that public records should remain open to the public, and to deter courthouses across the state from implementing policies that frustrate such rights of access.” With its amici partners, the Sue Weaver CAUSE, and Coalition… Continue reading CDIA’s amicus brief accepted by Ark. supreme court

CDIA to Arkansas Supreme Court: Public records are public

In a brief to the Arkansas Supreme Court, CDIA urged the Court to “again reiterate that public records should remain open to the public, and to deter courthouses across the state from implementing policies that frustrate such rights of access.” With its amici partners, the Sue Weaver CAUSE, and Coalition for Sensible Public Records Access,… Continue reading CDIA to Arkansas Supreme Court: Public records are public

Brother, don’t spare a dime (for court records)

Every now and again people hit a wall; a pay wall. “The federal judiciary charges 10 cents per page to pull up court files from its online record repository. The fees can add up quickly, and users must consider whether each click to view a public record is worth the cost.”  That’s the lead for… Continue reading Brother, don’t spare a dime (for court records)