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RULE 16-913. CASE RECORDS - PROCEDURES FOR COMPLIANCE

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West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Maryland Rules
Title 16. Court Administration
Chapter 900. Access to Judicial Records
MD Rules, Rule 16-913
RULE 16-913. CASE RECORDS - PROCEDURES FOR COMPLIANCE
(a) Duty of Person Filing Record.
(1) A person who files or authorizes the filing of a case record shall inform the custodian, in writing, whether, in the person's judgment, the case record, any part of the case record, or any information contained in the case record is confidential and not subject to inspection under the Rules in this Chapter.
(2) The custodian is not bound by the person's determination that a case record, any part of a case record, or information contained in a case record is not subject to inspection and shall permit inspection of a case record unless, in the custodian's independent judgment, subject to review as provided in Rule 16-914, the case record is not subject to inspection.
(3) Notwithstanding subsection (b)(2) of this Rule, a custodian may rely on a person's failure to advise that a case record, part of a case record, or information contained in a case record is not subject to inspection, and, in default of such advice, the custodian is not liable for permitting inspection of the case record, part of the case record, or information, even if the case record, part of the case record, or information in the case record is not subject to inspection under the Rules in this Chapter.
(b) Duty of Clerk.
(1) In conformance with procedures established by administrative order of the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, the clerk shall make a reasonable effort, promptly upon the filing or creation of a case record, to shield any information that is not subject to inspection under the Rules in this Chapter and that has been called to the attention of the custodian by the person filing or authorizing the filing of the case record.
(2) Persons who filed or authorized the filing of a case record filed prior to July 1, 2016 may advise the custodian in writing whether any part of the case record is not subject to inspection. The custodian is not bound by that determination. The custodian shall make a reasonable effort, as time and circumstances allow, to shield from those case records any information that is not subject to inspection under the Rules in this Chapter and that has been called to the attention of the custodian. The duty under this subsection is subordinate to all other official duties of the custodian.
Committee note: In subsections (a)(1) and (b)(2) of this Rule, the requirement that a custodian be notified “in writing” is satisfied by an electronic filing if permitted by Rule 1-322 or required by the Rules in Title 20.
Source: This Rule is derived from former Rule 16-1010 (2016).

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[Adopted June 6, 2016, eff. July 1, 2016. Amended June 20, 2017, eff. Aug. 1, 2017.]

Editors' Notes

HISTORICAL NOTES
2017 Orders
The June 20, 2017 order, renumbered Rule 16-911 as Rule 16-913 and made stylistic changes.
MD Rules, Rule 16-913, MD R CTS J AND ATTYS Rule 16-913
Current with amendments received through November 15, 2019.
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