High and low roads of access in Virginia attacked in First Amendment litigation


There are two roads to court records in Virginia, a fast and easy road for insiders and a slow and hard road for everyone else. A case challenging that set-up presents a 230-year-old question in American law: as society changes how does the law catch up.

The question comes down onto a fundamental change in America and much of the world, the ascendance of the Internet Age. And how that great shift has been used by those with a quantum of power in Virginia.

If you are working for the government or a law firm in Virginia, you can look at court records over the world wide web at any time and from any place. If on the other hand you are a reporter or anyone else among the 8.6 million people in Virginia, you must travel around the state to different courthouses to see those same records.

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