I was filed for child custody paperwork and the mother of my child filed for an immediate danger order from me, even though it resulted that wasn't true in court. It turns out that someone I know who had no knowledge of the details of the court documents shared with others they had read the paperwork that was filed and knew details. Are these documents public records? If they aren't, who should I ask to find out who accessed this information that a third party now has?
I don't know what documents you are referring to; but, anything that is put in a motion or judgment is public record. Moreover, either party is free to share any and all documents with friends, relatives, etc.
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Generally, these documents are sealed by the court. The only persons who are allowed to have access to the court file are the litigants and their respective lawyers, as well as anyone authorized by the parties and lawyers. If you examine the court file, you may find a letter of authorization with the name of the person authorized to access the file.
All documents filed in Oregon Courts are public records with some limited exceptions. There is a separate sheet for confidential information like social security numbers, birthdays, and driver's license numbers that is not viewable by the general public. This is mostly to prevent identity theft. Victims of domestic violence can request that their address is kept confidential so neither the public nor their abuser can find out where they live. Juvenile court records are a different matter and may be completely confidential.
Your basic filing was not confidential and was there for available for anyone to read and copy.
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