The federal judiciary is rarely accused of being too transparent. But a petition before the U.S. Supreme Court argues that federal courts routinely violate the privacy of indigent plaintiffs by making their personal information public.

The petition in Sai v. United States Postal Service focuses on the financial information plaintiffs are required to submit to federal courts—including the Supreme Court—to show they are eligible for in forma pauperis status or funding under the Criminal Justice Act. Plaintiffs must produce an affidavit listing assets and liabilities to qualify for the waiver of filing fees and other costs, including attorney fees, involved in bringing a case to federal court.

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