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Dye & Durham FYI- Criminal and Traffic Record Searches-CSO Fees To Be Eliminated

Dear valued client,BC’s Ministry of Attorney General announced this week that Court Services Online will be eliminating fees for viewing results from criminal and traffic record searches as of August 31, 2010.

The announcement states that the fees were implemented for the purpose of discouraging frivolous searches of these records, but that they are being eliminated to address concerns by legal aid lawyers and the media that the fees impede access to these records. Although it is free to search the database for a results list, the current fee to view a record is $6.00; fees incurred prior to August 31 will not be reimbursed.  It will continue to be free to view records at public access terminals at courthouses.