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sealing of records :: legal definition


Sealing of records - n. trial records and decisions which a judge orders kept secret. Usually these are the criminal records of under-age offenders which cannot be examined without a special court order or only by those connected with law enforcement. On occasion records in civil trials are sealed on the motion of a party claiming the need to protect inventions, business secrets or national security. Sometimes sealing is stipulated as part of a settlement to keep the terms from public scrutiny.


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record :: 1) v. (ree-cored) to put a document into the offic ... eeding race to the courthouse trial
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transcript :: n. the written record of all proceedings, includin ... unless transcription is requested.

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salvage :: 1) v. to save goods. 2) n. payment to a person or ... which saves cargo from a shipwreck.
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sealed verdict :: n. the decision of a jury when there is a delay in ... reconvenes. See also: jury verdict
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