Matt Volz of the Associated Press reports:
The Montana Supreme Court is considering restrictions to public access of certain information now available throughout the court system, including a proposal to seal all documents filed in family law cases except for final orders.
State Law Librarian Judith Meadows, one of the authors of the proposals, said a change is needed because the court system’s existing privacy rules aren’t being applied evenly and people not represented by lawyers don’t understand them.
That means sensitive information about children involved a custody dispute, divorce or another court proceeding could find its way to the Internet, where it could be gathered by child predators or be used to bully a child, Meadows said.
Read more in the Washington Post.
Here comes another “balancing” act between privacy and right to know/freedom of information….