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A s courts move to electronic filing, the rules that govern access to electronic court records will eventually become the rules that govern access to all court records, according to attorney James Chadwick.

Chadwick, a partner in the Palo Alto office of Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, presented his take on electronic court records during a one-day seminar for journalists last week in San Francisco.

Of late, the federal courts and individual state courts have begun looking at how to open up electronic court records to the public. Chadwick pointed out that the proposed rules face tough hurdles: trying to balance the right of public access with the constitutional right of privacy.

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