Thursday, July 14, 2016

FW: Records Request dated May 26 2016 Pursuant to Rule 123 - Records Denial today

From: John Sellers [mailto:jasellers123@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2016 7:01 PM
To: kbatty@sc.pima.gov
Cc: roverholt@sc.pima.gov; 'LoGalbo, Krisanne' <klogalbo@sc.pima.gov>; 'David Farnsworth' <dgardner@azleg.gov>; 'Marcie Kanefield' <mkanefield@courts.az.gov>; 'Watters, Carrie' <carrie.watters@arizonarepublic.com>; robert.anglen@arizonarepublic.com; kbryson@sc.pima.gov; thellon@sc.pima.gov
Subject: Records Request dated May 26 2016 Pursuant to Rule 123 - Records Denial today

Mr. Batty
Thank you for your prompt response attached. Click HERE 
I appreciate the efforts you've made but they are misguided and do not meet my request. Your staff has also run around in circles wasting time. I don't get frustrated. It's bad for business. Any frustration, if any, is likely to be I do not understand why you don't simply have a data management guy call me and have us agree how what you have might be provided with the least admin burden. PDF files are also pretty useless because of the software limitations on converting them back to allow data manipulation.
I do appreciate the concession, finally, that you will not insist upon insurance. I will tell you that this remarkable agreement, agreed without problem with one of your sister organizations, I didn't mind signing for two reasons. One I'd never contravene those rules anyway. Two, I carry far more insurance than $1mm. But that's my personal business, not yours.With respect to the materials supplied, there is for instance no details of opposing parties, nor the attorneys involved.I also am puzzled by the reference to "patron" which I think is a WestlawNext reference. I'm not that. I'm an ordinary citizen and I couldn't care less about the relationships you have with commercial entities. So please
<!            1.       Have your IT guy call me and we'll figure it out
<!            2.       Please provide me a definition as you understand it of "patron" as I could not find one in Rule 123. It's not a defined term and I would like to know why/how a member of the public would be a patron as an excuse for denying me a record.
<!            3.       I'm not required to explain this but I will. My suspicion is you've never had a request of this kind from the public. Being familiar, as I am professionally, with mass data distribution over the internet, I suspect you might have a decent revenue line from dissemination agreements. Please therefore, without disturbing patron confidentiality, supply me with financial records showing how much revenue you generated from dissemination agreements in 2015.
I'm sure the point is not lost on you that the same Judges who decide upon any complaint are likely to have experience of adjudicating Public Records request disputes emanating from the Executive Branch. Whilst I appreciate there is a separation of powers issue, I find it hard to believe that any Judge will fail to appreciate the sense of what I'm asking, notwithstanding Rule 123.
I also would like you to know that the information I am seeking is a #1 priority for our strategy of combatting citizen abuse in Arizona courts by certain low life so called "HOA attorneys". As such, we can do this the easy way, or the hard way because this is proving a major roadblock to our efforts. The choice is yours. Please therefore have an IT guy call me before the week is out, or a complaint will be filed, as the clock is ticking.
Finally, I'm sure you've read the Strategic Agenda for the Supreme Court summarized below. The full document is attached. What we are doing is totally commensurate with that. You'll also have noted the comments therein on technology – "Access to Courts and Court information using technology". It appears from your response on your systems limitations you have some work to do. Maybe satisfying our request will provide some valuable customer feedback.

Respectfully
John Sellers
928 310 8220
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Strategic Agenda
Advancing Justice Together: Courts and Communities
A message from the Chief Justice Scott Bales

Our state's greatest strength is the diversity of our people and places. The vibrant mosaic formed by our varied communities and cultures has attracted many to Arizona and continues to define us. Throughout our history, Arizonans, whether natives or newcomers, have been optimistic, hard-working, and determined to build a better future.
Arizonans also are one in believing that all people should be treated fairly, their rights should be respected, and they should be well served by a government that follows the law. Our courts exist to secure these goals. Every day, more than 500 judicial officers and thousands of other judicial branch employees work diligently to serve their communities by administering justice for all Arizonans, whether they live in our largest cities or our more sparsely populated deserts and mountain areas.
The courts' new strategic agenda, Advancing Justice together: Courts and Communities, reflects input from court personnel and the public throughout our state. It reaffirms goals successfully pursued under prior Chief Justices and other court leaders, and it builds on our well-established and nationally recognized traditions of excellence in judicial administration, education, and innovation.
Our first goal is promoting access to justice as technology and our state's population and economy continue to change. By implementing electronic case filing and access statewide, identifying best practices for various court operations, and developing new programs like veterans courts and the use of video remote interpreters, we will strive to better serve our communities, including those who are most vulnerable, such as children, the elderly, and victims of human trafficking or other crimes.
Advancing justice in Arizona requires courts and communities to work together. Our courts can provide timely and accessible justice only if they have adequate resources and other public support, including the many volunteers who serve on foster care review boards, as hearing officers, on judicial nominating committees, and in other court-related roles. To earn the support of our communities, we who work in the judiciary must continue to exemplify our deep commitment to fairness, integrity, efficiency, and equal justice under law.
I look forward to our work in advancing justice together.
—Scott Bales, Chief Justice

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From: LoGalbo, Krisanne [mailto:klogalbo@sc.pima.gov]
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2016 4:35 PM
To: 'jasellers123@gmail.com' <jasellers123@gmail.com>
Cc: LoGalbo, Krisanne <klogalbo@sc.pima.gov>
Subject: Sellers, John - Rule 123 Request (2016-12) Superior Court, Pima County

Mr. Sellers:
Attached please find a letter from Kent Batty, Court Administrator, as well as the attachments mentioned therein.
Regards,
Krisanne LoGalbo

Krisanne M. LoGalbo
Assistant to K. Kent Batty - Court Administrator; and,
Ronald G. Overholt - Deputy Court Administrator
Office: 520/724-3768 Fax: 520/724-8367
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Arizona Superior Court in Pima County
110 West Congress Street; 9th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701-1317

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