Members from the media, courts, and government talked about privacy and transparency during a panel discussion about a statewide case management system at the Freedom of Information of Texas annual conference on September 14 in downtown Austin.
Currently about 200 judges use re:SearchTX, a secure web portal that includes all electronic filings as of January 1, 2016. The portal, which is managed by the Texas Office of Court Administration and hosted by Tyler Technologies, provides judges with a tool that allows them to access cases from all Texas counties that e-file. Access to the portal has been an ongoing project—with counties being phased in—and the OCA plans to eventually make re:SearchTX available to the public. Similar to PACER, a federal portal accessed by subscribers who pay fees, the public portal would be funded by fees attorneys pay to use the system.