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Case Law Update: Personal Scanners in Cook County Circuit Court’s Office

Newman, Raiz and Shelmadine, LLC v. Brown, No. 1-08-1820 (9-18-09) affirmed that a plaintiff filed complaint alleging illegality of 50 cent per page copy fee charged for use of copy machines at Cook County Circuit Clerk’s office, and contesting Clerk’s Office’s prohibition on use of portable scanners to copy court documents. Circuit Clerk’s office is a component of the judicial branch, and is thus exempt from FOIA disclosure requirements. Circuit Clerk ordered to permit use of personal scanners so long as integrity of court documents is maintained, as blanket prohibition on use of scanners is overly broad and interferes with person’s right to inspect record and take memoranda and abstracts. This case will be quite helpful for Illinois lawyers.