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Access to Court Records

Access to court records is generally guided by the basic principle that, in the interest of an open and transparent court system, all case-related court records are open to public inspection unless there is a specific statute or court rule that exempts them. Judiciary staff are guided by Administrative Directive #03-11 Judiciary Open Records: Policies and Procedures for Access to case Related Court Records - Staff Guidelines for providing access to court records. As stated in the Guidelines, "These procedures have been established to further the Judiciary's open records policy, assure consistent and uniform response by court staff throughout the state, and eliminate artificial barriers that delay or complicate access by the public." The statutory or rule authority for exempting specific records from disclosure is noted in the Guidelines. The rule that governs access to court records is Rule 1:38.

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