New Policy for Sealing Entire Court Files Instituted in Federal Courts

September 23, 2011
By Michael J. Jurista, Esq. on September 23, 2011 1:08 PM |

This past week, the Judicial Conference of the United States instituted a new policy designed to deter litigants from constantly requesting that entire court records be sealed. The new policy states that federal judges are not to seal an entire court record unless required to do so by statute or "justified by a showing of extraordinary circumstances." Rather, federal judges are instructed to "blackout" confidential information or seal certain specific documents.