Alabama marijuana citation data 2011-2014

Evan Anderson filed this request with the Administrative Office of Courts (AL) of Alabama.

It is a clone of this request.

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From: Evan Anderson

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Alabama's Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all data related to citations for marijuana possession on the state and local levels. I am specifically seeking records from January 2011 through December 2014.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Evan Anderson

From: Bryan, Robyn

Mr. Anderson,

We have forwarded your request to the Legal Unit. Nothing further is available at this time.

Robyn Bradley Bryan
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Public Information/Education

From: Bryan, Robyn

Mr. Anderson,

You may want to contact the Administrative Office of Courts for the information you have requested: http://www.alacourt.gov/default.aspx

Robyn Bradley Bryan
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Public Information/Education

This communication is for informational purposes only. Statements contained herein are merely an analysis or opinion regarding the issue at question and is not a legal opinion or binding standard upon this state agency or the State of Alabama. This communication is not a substitute for your own legal research. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this communication, you are strongly encouraged to consult your attorney or other legal professional.

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From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Alabama's Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all data related to citations for marijuana possession on the state and local levels. I am specifically seeking records from January 2011 through December 2014.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Evan Anderson

From: Bryan, Robyn

Mr. Anderson,

I see you resent your request to me. Here are the main numbers to the Administrative Office of Courts: 866.954.9411 or 334.954.5000. You may want to call for complete contact information.

Robyn

From: Evan Anderson

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Alabama's Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all data related to citations for marijuana possession on the state and local levels. I am specifically seeking records from January 2011 through December 2014.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Evan Anderson

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 20, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Scott Hoyem

Dear Sir:

I have reviewed your request (see below) and have determined that we do not maintain a "record," per se, of the information you have requested. For that reason, your request filed pursuant to the "Alabama Open Records Act" is denied.

However, it is possible that a record containing the data you seek could be compiled for you from data stored in our database, pursuant to Rule 33, Alabama Rules of Judicial Administration.

http://judicial.alabama.gov/library/rules/ja33.pdf

Barring a VERY good reason, preapproved by our Director, you will have to prepay our programmers' estimated costs (@ $125 per hour) before work can commence.

To obtain an estimate, complete side 1 of UJS Form C-75 http://eforms.alacourt.gov/Civil%20Forms/Application%20and%20Request%20for%20Computer-Based%20Data%20Of%20the%20Unified%20Judicial%20System%20From%20the%20Administrative%20Office%20of%20Courts.pdf . . .

. . . and mail it, or email it, to me.

Once I receive an estimate from our programmers I will advise you and you can then decide if you wish to purchasing the data.

Hope this helps. Have a nice weekend.

Best Regards,

Scott Hoyem
Alabama Administrative Office of Courts
Heflin-Torbert Judicial Building
300 Dexter Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36014

(334) 954-5120
(334) 954-3143 (Facsimile)
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June 11, 2015
Administrative Office of Courts (AL)
Administrative Office of Courts
300 Dexter Ave.
Montgomery, Al 36104

This is a follow up to a previous request:

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 20, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

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On May 27, 2015:
To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Alabama's Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

A copy of all data related to citations for marijuana possession on the state and local levels. I am specifically seeking records from January 2011 through December 2014.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, and is not being made for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Evan Anderson

Scott Hoyem

Alabama Administrative Office of Courts
Heflin-Torbert Judicial Building
300 Dexter Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36014

(334) 954-5120
(334) 954-3143 (Facsimile)
NOTICE: This e-mail message and all attachments contain legally privileged/confidential information, intended solely for the addressee. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that any reading, dissemination, distribution, copying, or other use of this message or its attachments is prohibited by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 USC 2510-2521, and can be punished criminally. Unless so stated, this message and attachments are not to be construed as a legal opinion. Any legal opinion expressly offered is the sender's and not necessarily that of the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts, and do not have the force and effect of law. If you believe you have received this message in error, please reply to the sender immediately and delete this message.

From: Evan Anderson

Hello,

Can I ask why, exactly, it would cost $125 per hour?

Thanks,
Evan

From: Scott Hoyem

Hi, Evan.

Because this job is personal to you and the $125 hourly rate is the rate that was established by our Director, pursuant to Rule 33, ARJA, which authorizes same. The rationale is that while our programmer is working for you, you should pay him.

My suspicion is that you won’t have to pay it, because as Rule 33 also states, the ONLY way to access electronic court records stored in our database is through alacourt.com our online contractor/source. We might be able to provide you a listing of case numbers created as a result of the arrests you inquired about, but we cannot provide you access to the trial court record without “going through” alacourt.com .

Have a nice weekend.

Scott Hoyem, PIO

(334) 954-5120

From: Evan Anderson

Hello! Please see attached.

  • Application and Request for Computer-Based Data Of the Unified Judicial System From the Administrative Office of Courts_1.pdf

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 20, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Scott Hoyem

Our programmer has estimated that two hours’ time ($125 per hour), a total of $250 dollars, will be needed to create and complete your job.

If you still desire the data please let me know and I will process page 2 of the Form C-75 for our Director’s approval.
Best Regards,

Scott Hoyem
Public Information Officer

Alabama Administrative Office of Courts
300 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104

Tel. (334) 372-1214

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