Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Ninth Circuit: Press Has Qualified Right of Access To Newly Filed Civil Complaints That Attaches When Complaints Are Filed

The Ninth Circuit has ruled that the press has a "qualified right of timely access to newly filed civil nonconfidential complaints that attaches when the complaint is filed. However this right does not entitle the press to immediate access to those complaints. Some reasonable restrictions resembling time, place, and manner regulations that result in incidental dealys in access are constitutionally permitted where they are content-neutral, narrowly tailored and necessary to preserve the court's important interest in the fair and orderly administration of justice."


Courthouse News Service v. Planet, U.S.C.A., 9th Circuit, D.C. No. 2:11-cv-08083-SJO-FFM (Jan. 17, 2020).

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