Attorney General Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion to the Director of State Courts Concerning Statutory Fees for Copies of Court Documents When the Requester Makes Copies Using Personal Technology

Dec 30 2014
Attorney General Van Hollen Issues Formal Opinion to the Director of State Courts Concerning Statutory Fees for Copies of Court Documents When the Requester Makes Copies Using Personal Technology

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued a formal opinion today to the Director of State Courts Office concerning whether the clerk of circuit court or the register in probate may charge a statutory fee for copies of court documents when the requester makes copies using personal technology, such as a camera phone. Van Hollen concluded that a clerk or register may not charge the copy fee where the copies are made without assistance from the clerk or register. Van Hollen further concluded that the clerk or register may choose the allowable method of copying and need not allow individuals to make their own copies with personal technology.

 

A copy of the Attorney General’s opinion is available at the following link:  Opinion.

 

A copy of the opinion request is available at the following link:  Request.

 

Formal and informal opinions issued by Attorney General Van Hollen are available here.