Digitization isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but when you’re interested in records of note that are openly accessible only in paper form, it’s necessary. We continue to plod away, and if you pop over to our Executive page, you’ll see that we’re up to six years (1998-2003) of Annual Reports of the Attorney General of Virginia (which each include the final copies of official opinions issued during that year, along with other information about the Office of the Attorney General).
We’ve expressed interest to certain relevant officials in digitizing volumes of Virginia appellate case law. Although these cases are available, digitization of the official reporters would provide free, ready access to the final, official copies of the relevant opinions. We’ve not yet gotten a response.
We’ve also approached certain local judicial officials about circuit court opinions and are sorry to report that it is not clear progress is being made in obtaining those important judicial records so as to enable public access to them. We suspect that, in the end, it may take a legislative change to push circuit courts to make their opinions freely and readily available to the public.