N.F. v. Department of Transportation (Confidential Flag)
In 2018, the Law Center learned more about the State Judiciary’s use of a confidential flag. The confidential flag seals the entire case from public view, including the names of the parties, the docket, and the identities of counsel. Subsequent motions to unseal in specific cases raised questions about whether these cases generally deserved this extreme level of secrecy. One case was an employment dispute involving GEICO Insurance Company (No. 1CC131002053), and another case concerned disputes over the union nonprofit Unity House (No. 1CC000056396). At the request of the Law Center, the State Judiciary provided the case numbers for all regular civil cases filed in circuit court with a confidential flag since 2005.
On July 8, 2022, the Law Center moved to unseal a case that had been publicized by the Plaintiffs when filed, but subsequently marked as confidential and hidden from public view. No. 1CCV-22-631. On July 25, 2022, the Honorable Jeffrey P. Crabtree ordered the case unsealed.