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Model Forms Available to Assist with Filings in Sealed Cases under Local Rule 13.05

Friday, March 18, 2022

On June 1, 2021, revisions to Local Rule 13.05 – Sealing of Materials Filed in Civil and Criminal Cases – took effect in the Eastern District of Missouri and some guidance on filing sealed materials was provided at that time.  Since that date, the Court has worked with the Criminal Justice Act Committee, Federal Practice Committee, and members of the Bar to develop model Forms to assist counsel with drafting Sealing Motions.  These Forms are not mandatory, nor are they meant to be comprehensive as to what should be included in such motions. The Forms do serve as a basic starting point from which attorneys can then submit their proposed legal and factual bases for the sealing of documents as set forth in Local Rule 13.05. These forms will also be made permanently available with other sealing-related materials on the Court’s website. If you have further questions on the use of these forms, please contact Clerk of Court Greg Linhares at or (314)244-7890.

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