Post-Hack Filing Rules Need Uniformity, Courts’ PACER Group Says

May 14, 2021, 6:18 PM

The federal judiciary should adopt uniform guidelines for submitting highly sensitive documents and consider more public access to the filings after a cyberattack prompted changes to how those records are treated, a public advisory group recommended.

The federal courts’ public advisory group for the court electronic records system, PACER, said the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts should require reporting of the number of documents being classified as highly sensitive and create procedures for reevaluating whether they will need that classification in the future, according to meeting minutes from the group’s discussion in February that recently became available.

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