December 6, 2021
This responds to your inquiry (21-139) asking whether you may provide the village clerk a list of summonses issued for the month to be presented to a village board of trustees.
We have previously advised that it is not proper for a court to prepare documents for the police, prosecutor or news media. However, a court may, subject to all applicable statutory provisions concerning confidential information or sealed records, present a monthly status report to the town or village board at a public board meeting.
Accordingly, we conclude that a town judge may compile a list of all summonses issued in the past month, and submit it to the town board.
Enclosed for your convenience are Opinions 15-30; 14-154- 07-115; 13-19 and 07-185/08-68/08-77 which address this issue.
Very truly yours,
Margaret T. Walsh
Supreme Court Justice
Acting Supreme Court Justice