sealing of records

sealing of records

n. trial records and decisions which a judge orders kept secret. Usually these are the criminal records of under-age offenders which cannot be examined without a special court order, or are limited to those connected with law enforcement. On occasion records in civil trials are sealed on the motion of a party claiming the need to protect inventions, business secrets, or national security. Sometimes sealing is stipulated as part of a settlement to keep the terms from public scrutiny.

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Prisoner advocates said sealing of records sooner will enable more ex-offenders to secure employment.
The rules, drafted by the Bar's Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, also set out procedures for challenging the sealing of records.
The bill, which takes effect in 2005, provides for sealing of records for employment purposes that include Class 4 felony violations for prostitution as well as a misdemeanor or Class 4 felony possession violation of the Illinois Controlled Substances Act or the Cannabis Control Act.
43 (1989) (noting that Chief Judge Wachtler was originally solicited by Bert Bauman, First Vice President of the New York State Trial Lawyers' Association, to adopt a rule that would prohibit the sealing of records as a condition of settlement and that would require courts to find good cause before granting a motion to seal a record).
After declaring her innocent, Wiatt suspended the destruction and sealing of records until at least Jan.
More than 40 percent of those surveyed said they thought the sealing of records was becoming a more common practice.