Friday, May 20, 2011

New Redaction Rules for Filing Documents at CAAF

If you're filing documents at CAAF, to include a Joint Appendix, you'll want to check out the new rules regarding redaction of privacy information.  On the recommendation of the Rules Advisory Committee, the CAAF judges approved new rules that place the responsibility on counsel, not the Clerk of Court, for redacting the designated information from electronic and paper copies of documents filed with the Court.  In addition to requiring the redaction of such items as social security numbers and home addresses, yesterday's order also includes the following:

Names of Complainants and Victims in Sex Offense Cases. If the involvement of a complainant or victim in a sex offense case must be addressed, only the initials of the complainant or victim should be used.

If you have questions or comments about the new rule, please let me know by writing to mmccluer@wcl.american.edu.  (Full disclosure:  I am on the RAC.)