MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -- Wisconsin has a strong open records law that requires most court records to be open. Personal information appearing in court records is protected by statutes only in limited circumstances.
Anyone can access Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP) on the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access (WCCA).
According to Wisconsin court cases, even if the information may be harmful to an individual's reputation or privacy, that is not necessarily enough to allow a judge to seal a court record.
Representative Marlin Schneider is trying to change this. He wants any charges that were acquitted or dropped to not show up on CCAP. We'll hear from Rep. Schneider tonight at 5, 6 and 10.
John Fischer, President of the Wisconsin Apartment Association, says if this bill passes it will be easier for tenants to lie about their background. Fischer uses CCAP on a daily basis as part of an underwriting process. He says they look for history of criminal activity, convictions for drugs, and convictions for damage when a new tenant applies. We'll hear from Fischer coming up tonight.