Florida court public records must be restored

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.

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