The Judicial Conference, the policy-making body of the federal judiciary, took steps Tuesday to end "secret" dockets in federal courts and eventually put audio of federal court proceedings online, instead of having some cases under seal "vanish" from electronic databases. With new software that some courts have already, all previously vanished cases should reappear, albeit still under seal, "in the next couple of months," said Chief Judge Thomas Hogan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Judicial Conference Urges End to 'Secret' Dockets
March 14, 2007
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