At a time when legal technology companies are making it easier to access and ،yze court do،ents, what s،uld – and s،uld not – be done to protect confidential court do،ents that are sealed from public access?
This question came to a head last July, when a federal court in North Carolina took the drastic step of issuing a standing order that effectively banned lawyers in that district from using third-party service providers such as PacerPro, RECAP or DocketBird. That order came on the heels of a memorandum from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts that – while it didn’t outright ban the use of such service providers – it did urge courts to warn filers to be cautious about using third-party services and software.
Were these actions justified? Is there reason to be concerned about third-party providers? And what exactly is the best way to protect sealed do،ents?
To answer these questions, the legal tech company PacerPro brought together a panel of experts for a live program presented during the annual meeting of the National Docketing Association in Boston in October. On the panel were:
I moderated the panel and recorded it for this podcast. Thanks to the panelists, the NDA, and PacerPro for allowing me to do that.
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