Colorado judge closes court records

The chief judge of Jefferson County, Colorado has closed divorce and probate files to the public because he doesn’t have the staff to institute the Supreme Court directive to remove personal information from the case files.

Other states are redacting personal information in their online property and court databases and the federal courts are requesting that filers remove date of birth and social security number identifiers from electronically filed documents. This is the first instance that I recall (just off the top of my head) where courts are reviewing old case files and altering them for public view.

The framework for this policy was constructed by the Public Access Committee of the Colorado Judicial Department in their document, Public Access to Court Records, issued in 2005.

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