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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As far as sealing of records is concerned, I have not issued any such orders and if the university department dealing with RTIs has done in its own capacity, I am not updated about it, Tyagi said.
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.
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).