Finally, the Florida Supreme Court has addressed the practice within some county trial courts of removing certain dockets and files from public view. From AP:
The Florida Supreme Court issued emergency rules Thursday designed to stop the improper sealing of court records and dockets in civil cases, but delayed a decision on whether they also should cover criminal cases.
The unsigned, unanimous opinion requires court clerks to post notices on their Web sites and courthouses after a record is sealed, and allows citizens to then challenge those decisions. Courts are also prohibited from making case, docket and other identifying numbers confidential.