November 27, 2020

Reference: Legal: Pocket Guide for Federal Judges Discusses Sealed Cases

From an Administrative Office of the U.S. Court Announcement:

A recently published pocket guide for federal judges focuses on the occasional need to seal court records and proceedings.

Published by the Federal Judicial Center, the 22-page pocket guide draws on the voluminous case law to discuss the process courts use to keep some of the proceedings and records confidential.

The guide states: “Essential to the rule of law is the public performance of the judicial function. On occasion, however, there are good reasons for courts to keep parts of some proceedings confidential . . . Usually that means that any transcript made of the proceeding will be regarded as a sealed record.”

The guide (pdf) offers a procedural checklist of considerations when a record is sealed or when a proceeding is closed to the public.

 

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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