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Information Regarding Privacy Rules

Information Regarding Privacy Rules and Redaction of Personal Information


New Privacy Rules On December 1, 2007, the amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure that implement the E-Government Act of 2002 become effective. The amendment to Appellate Rule 25, and new Bankruptcy Rule 9037, Civil Rule 5.2, and Criminal Rule 49.1 require that personal identification information be redacted from documents filed with the court - individuals' Social Security and taxpayer identification numbers, names of minor children, financial account numbers, dates of birth, and, in criminal cases, home addresses. A memorandum briefly describing the new privacy rules, the text of the rules and committee notes, and additional information contained in the excerpt reports of the Rules Committees are posted below.




If you desire a copy of a document that was filed prior to 2003 you may choose one of the three options listed below. You may not obtain copies of documents that have been "sealed" by court order.

Option 1. You may come to the Court Clerk’s Office and view the documents for free at our public terminal. Documents may be printed from the public terminal at a cost of $0.10 per page.

Option 2. You may obtain an estimate by phone, e-mail or in writing. The documents will be printed by the court at a cost of $0.50 per page. You should send a money order, or cashier’s check made payable to the Clerk, United States, Bankruptcy Clerk in the exact amount along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. You may also have someone pay in person and pick up the requested documents. However, the Court cannot mail or e-mail the documents.

Option 3. If you are the debtor in the case, you may fax a copy of your Driver’s Licence and a copy of your Social Security Card to the court and the court will e-mail copies to your personal e-mail only. The court will not mail or e-mail copies to a third party at the request of a debtor.