Legislators should approve proposals opening judges' records to public scrutiny and allowing cameras in courtroom

The Maryland judiciary clearly would prefer that the public only have a limited understanding of what it does. Just look at the evidence. In trying to update the rules for public disclosure through Maryland Judiciary Case Search, the online search tool for court filings, a panel recommended last year that the names of police officers be hidden in online court records. The panel backtracked in the face of widespread criticism. Recorded transcripts of courtroom proceedings in Anne Arundel County have shifted from being available immediately in a law library “listening room,” to available only by ordering for a recording — a process that can take days, if not longer. (Capital)

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