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There could be many reasons that you are wanting to find information regarding a federal court document. It is important to keep in mind that although most court documents are public, some are sealed or closed and cannot be viewed. Before you begin your search be mindful that certain information may be unavailable or changed to protect the parties involved.

Most documents in federal courts – appellate, district, and bankruptcy – are filed electronically, using a system called Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF). Documents not available to the public are discussed in Sealed Documents and Closed Hearings. Even in public court documents, however, some information is not available. Federal rules require that anyone filing a federal court document must redact certain personal information in the interest of privacy, including Social Security or taxpayer identification numbers, dates of birth, names of minor children, financial account information, and in criminal cases, home addresses.

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The Exclusions

Some documents are not ordinarily available to the public. As noted in Privacy Policy for Electronic Case Files these include unexecuted summonses or warrants; pretrial bail and presentence reports; juvenile records; documents containing information about jurors; and various filings, such as expenditure records, that might reveal the defense strategies of court-appointed lawyers.

In certain circumstances, judges have the authority to seal additional documents or to close hearings that ordinarily would be public. Reasons can include protecting victims and cooperating informants and avoiding the release of information that might compromise an ongoing criminal investigation or a defendant's due process rights.

Some examples:

  • Courts sometimes seal documents that contain sensitive material, such as classified information affecting national security or information involving trade secrets.
  • Criminal case documents and hearing transcripts are sometimes sealed to protect cooperating witnesses from retaliation.
  • The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provide for protective orders during discovery to protect a party or person from annoyance, embarrassment, oppression, or undue burden or expense.
  • Bankruptcy court records are public, but under the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, the court may withhold certain commercial information, any "scandalous or defamatory matter," or information that may create an undue risk of identity theft or other injuries.

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