Texas PIA Request & FOIA Request for Court Records and Hearing Transcripts

Egalitarian filed this request with the Harris County District Clerk of Harris County, TX.
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From: Egalitarian

Good afternoon, i hope is well during these challenging times

To Whom It May Concern:
This request is made under THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 5 U.S.C. § 552 and The Texas Public Information Act , which guarantees the public’s access to information in the custody of governmental agencies.

This request is not made for "Judicial Records", but is for public records. Under Rule 12.2(d) of The Rules of Judicial Administration, defines a judicial record as one made or maintained by or for a court in its regular course of business but not pertaining to its adjudicative function. “A record of any nature created, produced, or filed in connection with any matter that is or has been before a court is not a judicial record.”

This letter respectfully request the following information:

1.Documents and original electronic communications format created, drafted, sent and received by Former Judge John Schumde of the 247th District Court that are directly related to Cause# 201313666 that are not avaiable through the
Harris County District Clerk's website during the time period of January 1, 2017 through January 1, 2019 .

This request is for any and/or all:
-Internal memorandums,
-Memorandums of Rendered Judgement
-E-mails of Rendered Judgements
-Electronic messaging that Renders Judgement
-Written Notes/ Correspondence
-Electronic Notes / Correspondence


2. Court hearing transcripts from public hearings that references Cause# 201313666 in the Harris County 247th District Court room held on:
-June 13, 2017
-June 14, 2017
-July 30, 2018

I also request that, fees be waived as we believe this request for disclosure is in the public interest and educational purposes under Texas Government Code § 552.267. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons with disability who are unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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.

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as The Texas Public Information Act statute requires.

From: Harris County District Clerk

Good morning,

The District Clerk’s office does not maintain the information you are seeking. For correspondence or communications sent by Judge Schmude, I would suggest contacting The Administrative Office of the District Courts. Clay Bowman is the District Courts Administrator, and Chris Wells is the Assistant Court Administrator. I am linking their website/contact page below.

https://www.justex.net/Courts/Administrative/Admin.aspx

As for court transcripts, that would be requested by the court reporter at the time of the case.
If you do not know the name of the court reporter during that time, you may be able to contact the court and find out.

I hope this information helps and have a wonderful day!

Michelle Lopez, Executive Assistant to
Chief Deputies, Wes McCoy and Judith Snively, JD
Marilyn Burgess, Harris County District Clerk<http://www.hcdistrictclerk.com/>
201 Caroline, Suite 420
Houston, Texas 77002
Cell: 713-497-9008

From: Muckrock Staff

Hello Ms. Bowman,

Thank you so much for your help with this. We'll forward this request along.

Have a lovely evening,
Beryl, MuckRock

From: Muckrock Staff

Hello Mr. Bowman,

It was suggested that your office would be able to process this request. Could you please confirm that this is the case?

Thanks so much for your time and help.

Best wishes,
Beryl, MuckRock
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Good afternoon, i hope is well during these challenging times

To Whom It May Concern:
This request is made under THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 5 U.S.C. § 552 and The Texas Public Information Act , which guarantees the public’s access to information in the custody of governmental agencies.

This request is not made for "Judicial Records", but is for public records. Under Rule 12.2(d) of The Rules of Judicial Administration, defines a judicial record as one made or maintained by or for a court in its regular course of business but not pertaining to its adjudicative function. “A record of any nature created, produced, or filed in connection with any matter that is or has been before a court is not a judicial record.”

This letter respectfully request the following information:

1.Documents and original electronic communications format created, drafted, sent and received by Former Judge John Schumde of the 247th District Court that are directly related to Cause# 201313666 that are not avaiable through the
Harris County District Clerk's website during the time period of January 1, 2017 through January 1, 2019 .

This request is for any and/or all:
-Internal memorandums,
-Memorandums of Rendered Judgement
-E-mails of Rendered Judgements
-Electronic messaging that Renders Judgement
-Written Notes/ Correspondence
-Electronic Notes / Correspondence

2. Court hearing transcripts from public hearings that references Cause# 201313666 in the Harris County 247th District Court room held on:
-June 13, 2017
-June 14, 2017
-July 30, 2018

I also request that, fees be waived as we believe this request for disclosure is in the public interest and educational purposes under Texas Government Code § 552.267. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons with disability who are unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

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.

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as The Texas Public Information Act statute requires.

From: Harris County District Clerk

Dear Madam or Sir:
Please see the attached in response to your request for information below.
If you have questions or need anything additional, please let me know.
Thank you,

Clay Bowman
Court Administrator
Harris County District Courts
(832) 927-6559
clay_bowman@justex.net<mailto:clay_bowman@justex.net>

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