Rule 2.420 outlines 23 categories of information that are automatically confidential in court records such as Social Security numbers, health records, bank account numbers, addresses of domestic violence victims, and juvenile delinquency records.
The amended rule affects small claims court filings and circuit and county court civil cases, except for Family Law cases, Domestic Violence Cases, cases stemming from sexual abuse, Risk Protection Orders, mental health Cases, Jimmy Ryce civil commitments, and medical malpractice cases.
- Small Claims Cases, meaning minor legal disputes below $8,000.
- County Court Civil Cases for legal disputes between $8,001 and $50,000.
- And most Circuit Court Civil Cases above $50,000 and appeals from County Court.
Clerks and filers will retain dual responsibility to identify confidential information in all other types of filings for family, criminal, juvenile and probate cases.
CHANGES DO NOT APPLY TO: (the current standards in place will remain)
- Family Law Cases
- Domestic Violence Cases
- Cases Stemming from Sexual Abuse
- Risk Protection Orders
- Mental Health Cases
- Jimmy Ryce Civil Commitments
- Medical Malpractice Cases