Difficulty finding certain divorce cases prompted Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Max Baker to dig a little deeper. In his Oct. 20 piece, he determined that some cases “cannot be accessed through the county’s computer system … raising concerns about whether the public can actually find all the open records in Tarrant County’s family courts.”
The man in charge of those cases is District Clerk Tom Wilder.
Baker focused on a few big-name cases that he and others had been unable to track down through the district clerk’s online database. Attorneys sometimes file lawsuits using initials, making them difficult to find, Baker wrote. And attorneys can request that files containing sensitive information be withheld from online access, according to a recent Texas Supreme Court ruling. (Skeptics among us might wonder if attorneys purposely use initials and claim sensitive info just to make the cases difficult for prying eyes to find.)