Nonconfidential court records; clerk of court shall make records available to public upon request. (SB564)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg)


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 incorporates SB 519 and is identical to HB 780. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18104550D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/31/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2018Committee substitute printed 18106007D-S1
01/31/2018Incorporates SB519 (Mason)
01/31/2018Rereferred to Finance
02/01/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB564)
02/02/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB564S1)
02/06/2018Reported from Finance with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Read second time
02/08/2018Reading of substitute waived
02/08/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106007D-S1
02/08/2018Reading of amendment waived
02/08/2018Committee amendment agreed to
02/08/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB564ES1
02/08/2018Printed as engrossed 18106007D-ES1
02/09/2018Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB564ES1)
02/14/2018Placed on Calendar
02/14/2018Read first time
02/14/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/2018Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
02/19/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/23/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2018Committee substitute printed 18107387D-H1
02/23/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB564H1)
02/27/2018Read second time
02/28/2018Taken up out of order pursuant to House Rule 52 (96-Y 0-N)
02/28/2018VOTE: AGREE TO MOTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Read third time
02/28/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107387D-H1
02/28/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB564H1
02/28/2018Passed House with substitute (97-Y 2-N)
02/28/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Reconsideration of House passage agreed to by House
02/28/2018Passed House with substitute (99-Y 0-N)
02/28/2018VOTE: PASSAGE #2 (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Title replaced 18107387D-H1
03/05/2018Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB564ER)
03/05/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB564ER)
03/05/2018Signed by Speaker
03/08/2018Signed by President
03/14/2018Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 14, 2018
03/14/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 584 (effective - see bill)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0584)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB780.