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How-To: Write a Motion to Unseal the Docket

Background: You are a party to a civil case
Problem: You do not have access to the case docket
Solution: You ask the Court to unseal the docket (using this walkthrough)

I. Legal Citations

Art. I §24 FL Constitution | Access to Public Records and Meetings
"(a) Every person has the right to inspect or copy any public record made or received in connection with the official business of any public body, officer, or employee of the state, or persons acting on their behalf, except with respect to records exempted pursuant to this section or specifically made confidential by this Constitution. This section specifically includes the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government and..." Rule 1 Fed. R. Civ. P. | Scope and Purpose
"[These rules] should be construed, administered, and employed by the court and the parties to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding." Rule 1.010 Fla. R. Civ. P. | Scope and Purpose
"These rules shall be construed to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action." Rule 2.420(j)(2) Fla. R. Jud. Admin. | Public Access to and Protection of Judicial Branch Records
"(2) A court order allowing access to confidential court records may be obtained by filing a written motion which must:

(A) identify the particular court record(s) or a portion of the court record(s) to which the movant seeks to obtain access with as much specificity as possible without revealing the confidential information;

(B) specify the bases for obtaining access to such court records;

(C) set forth the specific legal authority for obtaining access to such court records; and

(D) contain a certification that the motion is made in good faith and is supported by a sound factual and legal basis.""
Rule 2.420(m)(1) Fla. R. Jud. Admin. | Public Access to and Protection of Judicial Branch Records
"(1) Requests for access to judicial branch records shall be in writing and shall be directed to the custodian. The request shall provide sufficient specificity to enable the custodian to identify the requested records. The reason for the request is not required to be disclosed." AOSC 22-7 | Access to Electronic Court Records
"Access levels are defined as follows:
B. All but expunged, or sealed under Ch. 943, F.S., or sealed by court order."

II. Samples

# PDF Comments
101± Pending Decision | Leon County | 2022 | TBD case. Pro Se Filing. Qui Tam. Relator. §68 FS
102X Denied | DOAH | 2014 | Attorney Filing | Medicaid; Final Audit Report
103X Denied | DOAH | 2013 | Pro Se Filing | Deposition; Florida Open Records Act
104- Undetermined | DOAH | 2006 | Attorney Filing | Exhibits; Many citations

III. Templates

# Word Comments
1Leon County | Replace all placeholder tags with real information (eg "[plfName]" becomes "John Doe").

IV. Application

V. Quick Commentary

VII. Additional Resources

VII. Bibliography

VII. Conclusion

A Motion to Unseal the Record will help you litigate your case.

With the use of the templates (as well as the samples above), you can more easily ask your court to unseal the record.


Congratulations! You're now booked up on how to write a Motion to Unseal the Record!

Please get the justice you deserve.


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