Records exist because of the requirements of the public policy of openness and the requirements of checks and balances. After all, these records, often the only means for someone to check on the process that the procedure went through, were created specifically for that. The most important reason why the collection of records known as the Taylor County Public Records exist though, is the requirement of practicability. These records must be available to the public at all times, and as such, they must be collected and stored under one roof so that they could be located by the public easier.
Records have existed since the pre-historic times. The first civilizations of man had understood the importance of recording something for posterity, and, in general, the same reasons that prehistoric man created records for remain to this day. Records are a way and means for people who were not there when the event happened to know not only that the event had happened, but what happened during that event. As such, records are important not only for ascertaining thewater t truth of some events, but also as evidences that could be used in legal proceedings and as a source of information in background checks conducted by regular citizens and people.
Records, especially public records, are supposed to be available to the public at all times, this is the command of no less than a statute. Under Florida law, public records could not be withheld from the public by the official custodian no matter the reason. The official custodian, the clerk of court, may be tasked with keeping, maintaining, and securing the same, but that mandate could not defeat the higher command that these records be made available to the public at all times. In the middle of these two seemingly conflicting orders, the clerk of courts, has found middle ground by prescribing a set of relatively easy procedures that one must follow first in order to gain access to the archives where the records are kept.
To be able to gain access to the archives, there must be permission from the clerk, but obtaining this required permission is relatively easy as the only requirement is that the searcher actually asks permission. The clerk may ask for a reason, but in general, the reason for access to the records are not paid attention to. There are also a number of methods that one could use, but in general, the accepted method is the personal request as it is viewed as more efficient than the other methods.
Once permission has been given, the searcher could look for the records himself or he could ask for a clerk to either do it or assist him in his search. Presumably, the clerk, being more familiar with the filing system, would be able to locate the records being asked for faster. Once the records had been located, the searcher could ask for a copy of the same for a fee of one dollar per page, usually. The same copies would then be certified for two dollars per document.
The other method of searching for records involves the use of the internet. This is more efficient than actually doing a manual search because internet searches are faster and almost always free to use. There are a number of online databases that one could use in this search, and often, these databases, being connected to other databases, are more informative than their government counterparts.