The press and public have a qualified First Amendment right to inspect court docket sheets, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday, reviving a case that had been brought by two newspapers challenging Connecticut state courts' decades-long practice of sealing files and, in some cases, refusing to acknowledge the cases even existed. The circuit remanded the case for more extensive discovery.
2nd Circuit: Public Has Right to Inspect Court Dockets
New York Law Journal
June 9, 2004