Nonconfidential court records; clerk of court shall make records available to public upon request. (HB780)

Introduced By

Del. Greg Habeeb (R-Salem) with support from co-patron Del. Mike Mullin (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public access to nonconfidential court records. Provides that a clerk of court or the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court shall make nonconfidential court records or reports of aggregated, nonconfidential case data available to the public upon request. The bill specifies that such records or reports shall be provided no later than 30 days after the request. The bill further provides that the clerk may charge a fee for responding to such request that shall not exceed the actual cost incurred in accessing, duplicating, reviewing, supplying, or searching for the requested records. Finally, the bill requires the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court to make available to the public an online case information system of nonconfidential information for criminal cases by July 1, 2019. This bill is identical to SB 564. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18104557D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
01/31/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/01/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB780)
02/05/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Committee substitute printed 18106425D-H1
02/07/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB780H1)
02/07/2018Read first time
02/08/2018Read second time
02/08/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106425D-H1
02/08/2018Amendments by Delegate Habeeb agreed to
02/08/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments HB780EH1
02/08/2018Printed as engrossed 18106425D-EH1
02/09/2018Read third time and passed House (99-Y 0-N)
02/09/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB780EH1)
02/14/2018Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2018Read third time
02/19/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB780ER)
02/21/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB780ER)
02/21/2018Signed by Speaker
02/23/2018Signed by President
02/26/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 26, 2018
02/26/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 5, 2018
03/02/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 127 (effective - see bill)
03/02/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0127)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB564.