County surveys to preserve Texas court documents

April 8, 2010 9:56:55 AM PDT
Letters will be sent to all 254 Texas counties in an effort to preserve historic court documents and make some available online. Houston attorney Bill Kroger in November was named, by the Texas Supreme Court, to lead the Court Records Preservation Task Force.

The survey is mean to determine what records that remain, their condition and what is being done to preserve them. Kroger has raised concerns, saying in some cases documents offered for sale online were just torn out of district clerk books and taken.

The Houston Chronicle reports the task force will pinpoint archives with the most valuable records, develop a plan to preserve records statewide and offer suggestions on paying for it.

The long-range plan is to digitalize the document.

The task force findings must be delivered to justices by June 1, 2011.


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