When filing a motion a seal a closed court case, can the docket be removed from PACER if the motion is approved? Also, to file a motion to seal a closed case, you would need to reopen the case. Would you need to reopen a case to file a motion to restrict public access? And can be a motion be filed for a protective order against websites in general from posting your case on their website? Or what motion is needed to prevent websites from invading your privacy? Thank you.
You can not prevent a website from posting public court records. The burden of getting a court file sealed is very high.
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been handling criminal defense and personal injury cases for over 18 years. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails, is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
Am I to understand that you want to file a motion to seal the entire record of a federal court case that has been closed? While I suppose anything's possible, I don't see a reasonable possibility that a federal court will seal the record of a case and make it disappear from PACER when the documents have already been publicly filed.
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