Thursday, November 10, 2011

Oswego County clerk lawsuit to be heard

Unless a settlement agreement is reached, the Oneida County Courthouse will provide the backdrop tomorrow for attorneys to argue a case against the office of the Oswego County Clerk.

The office of Oswego County Clerk George Williams is facing an Article 78 proceeding from APS Informational Services.

The lawsuit alleges APS Informational Services has been inappropriately charged for criminal records searches.

The lawsuit claims that state law allows a county clerk, who holds the felony criminal files for the court, to charge $5 for each certified criminal search.

The plaintiffs allege that Williams has been charging for every criminal name search and does not certify those searches. As an example, a 10-year search for one name would cost $25 and the plaintiffs allege that Williams has been improperly charging a fee for the uncertified search fees.

Most counties have the records available for public inspection, including Onondaga and Jefferson counties.

Williams does not have the records available for public inspection, allegedly in violation of the state’s Open Government laws, according to the lawsuit.

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