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Message From Clerk Bock

Sharon. R. Bock

Let The Sunshine In!
Celebrating your right to know

March 13-19 marks “Sunshine Week”, a national initiative established to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine Week seeks to enlighten and empower citizens to play an active role in their government at all levels by giving them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.

As your independently elected Clerk & Comptroller, my office holds and safeguards the majority of records that impact your life. Whether it is a marriage license, property deed or traffic ticket, it is our job to protect the integrity of these documents so commerce and your life run smoothly. It is also our responsibility to provide citizens with efficient and effective access to these public records.

In this capacity, I am continuously seeking new ways to make information accessible to the public. By leveraging new technology, my office has made it possible for citizens to access public records - including information on court cases and minutes for Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners meetings via our website, www.mypalmbeachclerk.com. Currently, my office is in the process of moving hundreds of thousands of civil cases to a state-of-the-art case web-based system. This project is the next step towards making civil and criminal court document images accessible online to the public by mid-2016. This new system paves the way for free, public online access to court document images.

The right to access information serves as one of the most vital cornerstones of our democracy and is fundamentally important to the citizens of the state of Florida. In addition to a comprehensive set of laws guaranteeing access, Florida is one of only a few states to provide a constitutional right of access to government meetings and records. This constitutional right means that elected and government officials have a responsibility to provide you with the ability to view and retrieve public information. As citizens, we all have a duty to demand it.

Sunshine Week ensures accountability and promotes a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. To learn more about the services provided by your Clerk & Comptroller and ways to access public records, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com.

Sharon R. Bock, Esq.
Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County

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