Court Upholds Public Right to Access Court Docket Sheets

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on June 9, 2004

From the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, this news of a 2nd Circuit decision (33 pages, PDF) released on June 8, that in part concluded: “We hold that the public and press enjoy a qualified First Amendment right of access to docket sheets. We also hold that the defendant court administrators have the authority to grant access to those docket sheets if the documents were sealed solely in accordance with administrative orders.”

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