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Community Classified Partner BCYCNA Achieves Significant Victory for Members After Meeting with Attorney General Mike de Jong
The Attorney General’s office announced recently that the $6 search fees imposed as of January of this year will be done away with as of August 31. This will enable the public (and journalists) to once again search online court records for free.
One of Community Classifieds’ partners, the BCYCNA had been fighting the fee since its inception in January and for several years prior the association had been in meetings with many departments and senior staff to ensure that access to court documents was easy and free for every newspaper.
“This is a huge achievement for our papers, ” said BCYCNA General Manager, George Affleck. “The cost to our members over the long term would have been into the millions of dollars.”
Affleck said that the fees would have proven to be restrictive in that community newspapers already work on such tight budgets. Investigative journalism and court journalism would have suffered.
“I would like to thank the AG for listening to our concerns and standing by his very public opinion that our judicial system should be more accessible not less,” Affleck continued.
The BCYCNA represents 120 community papers in every corner of the region. ”This decision is important to all of them,” concluded Affleck.