Chapter 4.119
ELECTRONIC ACCESS TO SUPERIOR COURT RECORDS

Sections:

4.119.010    Assessment of access fee authorized.

4.119.020    Fee collection.

4.119.030    Contracting authority.

4.119.040    Establishment of fee.

4.119.010 Assessment of access fee authorized.

The Snohomish county clerk is hereby authorized to assess an access fee on all natural persons electronically accessing superior court records; provided, however, that the clerk may not assess an access fee on employees of not-for-profit organizations or corporations whose primary purpose is to provide access to justice for the poor and infirm, courts of limited and general jurisdiction, and government agencies and departments accessing electronic superior court records while in the performance of their official duties.

(Added by Amended Ord. 13-025, April 24, 2013, Eff date May 6, 2013).

4.119.020 Fee collection.

The Snohomish County clerk shall adopt appropriate procedures for the collection of the access fee.

(Added by Amended Ord. 13-025, April 24, 2013, Eff date May 6, 2013).

4.119.030 Contracting authority.

The Snohomish County clerk shall have the authority to approve and sign access agreements with natural persons desiring access to electronic superior court records.

(Added by Amended Ord. 13-025, April 24, 2013, Eff date May 6, 2013).

4.119.040 Establishment of fee.

The Snohomish county clerk shall establish the access fee based upon a financial analysis of the costs of providing access to electronic superior court records and maintaining, enhancing, and operating said service. The clerk may adjust the fee annually to reflect any changes in the costs of providing the service as determined by subsequent financial analysis. At least 21 days prior to implementation of the fee or modification of the fee, the clerk shall give public notice by posting a copy of the proposed fee policy at the information counter of the county clerk’s office and on the county clerk’s web page, publishing a copy in the Snohomish County Bar News, and sending a copy via electronic mail or postal services to current subscribers. The clerk may implement the fee or modification of the fee on the twenty-second day after notice is posted unless further notice is posted describing a different fee or modification of the fee. Notice shall include:

(1) The proposed action regarding the fee;

(2) Reference to the authority under which the fee is proposed; and

(3) How to submit written comments.

(Added by Amended Ord. 13-025, April 24, 2013, Eff date May 6, 2013).