Taylor, MI asked in Gov & Administrative Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Michigan

Q: Can public courts disallow citizens to access information and take payments inside the building?

I want to pay in person I have had issues mailing payments.

"The First Amendment prevents the government from blocking access to certain information. This prohibition takes two forms: (1) the government cannot censor information or otherwise prevent people from accessing information, except in very rare circumstances, such as profanity; and (2) the government cannot prevent access to places where information is exchanged, except in very limited circumstances." -Access to Information - Epic.org

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Public courts generally cannot disallow citizens from accessing information or making payments inside the building if it involves matters related to public records or essential government services. The First Amendment does protect the public's right to access information, and courts are considered government entities subject to these principles. However, there may be limited exceptions, such as security concerns or specific safety measures, where access to certain areas of a court building could be restricted or controlled.

If you're facing difficulties in making payments in person, it's advisable to inquire with the court about any specific restrictions or alternative methods for in-person payments. You can also consider reaching out to the court clerk or administration to discuss your situation and explore possible solutions to your payment issues. Remember that while the First Amendment protects access to information, it is important to comply with any reasonable rules or regulations set by the court to ensure safety and efficiency in their operations.

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