News-Press by Linda Doggett, Clerk of Court & Comptroller in Lee County
March 15, 2020
Some individuals might not be fully aware of the rights we, as Florida residents, have to public information.
In recognition of Sunshine Week (March 15-21, 2020), Clerks throughout the state are celebrating transparency in government—and our role in providing our citizens access to important public, court and historic records.
As Lee County’s Clerk of Court & Comptroller, I am proud to provide our citizens with access to records and the information they need to be active members of the community. While maintaining transparency and equal access is core to my work as your Clerk, it is also my duty to protect confidential information with our redaction process.
Sunshine Week is a national initiative celebrating access to public information and open government. In Florida, we have specific laws supporting residents who want to be engaged in their communities and gain access to public information. Florida’s commitment to open government first began in 1909 with the Public Records Law. Since then, it has evolved to become the Sunshine Law.
I was honored earlier this month to accept a proclamation acknowledging the Clerk of Court’s and the County’s commitment to open public records. We continue to offer free county-wide seminars educating our community on how to access court and official records using the Clerk’s website. Citizens also have access to County and Clerk financial information at LeeClerk.org. And our free Historical Document Library is open to the public five days a week, providing access to documents as far back as 1887.