Section 3A: Electronic access to docket, calendar and other court information; fee-based system
Section 3A. Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in section three or any other general or special law, the trial court and the appeals court are hereby authorized to establish a fee-based system and a schedule of fees for electronic access and retrieval of information by attorneys and other members of the public from their automated data bases relating to docket entries, calendaring and other information contained therein. The chief justice of the trial court and the chief justice of the appeals court, or persons duly authorized by them, shall determine which types of information shall be available by remote access and shall otherwise establish by administrative order conditions, methods and means by which such information is to be made available by electronic access. The trial court and the appeals court shall provide such remote access without charge to prosecutors and government agencies. The trial court and the appeals court shall file an annual report with the executive office of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the amount of revenue generated by said fee-based system and said schedule of fees. All revenue generated by said fee-based system and said schedule of fees shall be credited to the General Fund.