Fax Filing Hours

A court clerk’s policy of turning off fax machines at 4:30 p.m. improperly shortened a tort complainant’s one-year prescriptive period, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled, finding that statute doesn’t impose hourly restrictions on fax filing. The complainant had attempted to fax a petition before midnight on the last day of the prescriptive period to file for damages relating to injuries sustained in a car accident.

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Court Documents

The Washington Supreme Court vacated a writ of mandamus that compelled a court clerk to comply with a rule the judges of Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Court issued ordering clerks to maintain paper files of court documents. The clerk prefers to maintain the records electronically and prints out a copy of an electric file when a judge requests a paper version.

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Press Has First Amendment Right to See New Court Complaints on Day of Filing

Over four days of trial earlier this month, Virginia court clerks used public funds and private attorneys to fight tooth and nail against public access. They wound up with a thumping defeat last week, as a federal judge’s opinion affirmed the First Amendment right to see new court complaints on the day they are filed.

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Kim Davis Challenger: Man Whose Marriage License She Denied

Shelly Phillips works in an office at the First United Methodist Church in Laramie, Wyoming, and rarely donates to political candidates. But in December, she sent a small donation to David Ermold, who wants to be the next clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky, about 1,200 miles (1,900 kilometers) from where she lives.

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