Judicial Body Wants Fewer Civil Cases Sealed

Law360, New York (September 13, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT) -- The rulemaking body for U.S. federal courts on Tuesday authorized increases in various court fees and called for judges to completely seal civil cases only as a last resort.

The Judicial Conference of the United States, which sets policy for the federal judiciary, said an entire civil case file should be sealed only when required by law or when “justified by a showing of extraordinary circumstances and the absence of narrower feasible and effective alternatives such as sealing discrete documents or redacting information.”

The conference also...
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