Mo. considers restricting court records

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A committee of Missouri judges is considering whether to limit the personal information contained in some online court records about civil and criminal cases. The changes to the state court system's Casenet public database would be aimed at strengthening privacy protections for criminal defendants and for all parties in civil lawsuits.

Instead of full addresses, the online records would contain only a city, state and ZIP code. It is one of several possible changes being studied by the State Judicial Records Committee, chaired by St. Louis Circuit Judge Jimmie Edwards.

Edwards says the goal is to balance public access and privacy. The committee is to submit recommendations to the Missouri Supreme Court.

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