Sealed Documents - Filing Process



Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9018


Records may be sealed only by motion and order of the court or by the court’s own initiative, with or without notice of hearing. When the court enters an order sealing a record, the sealed documents should be maintained separately from the case file.  Neither the public nor deputies are to have access to documents that have been sealed, unless specified in the order.


  • After an order is signed granting the authority to file a document under seal, the document(s) should be presented to the Clerk’s office in a manila envelope, with the signature, of the party filing documents under seal, written across the edge of the envelope closure, and transparent tape placed on top of the signature for security.  The Clerk's office shall not accept sealed documents unless presented in the preceding manner.

  • The party submitting documents under seal should provide the following information on the front of the manila envelope:


    • Large Letters “RECORD UNDER SEAL”

    • Case Name

    • Case Number

    • Caption for identification purposes, i.e., Motion, Order Dated etc . . .

    • Date order entered allowing sealing of documents and docket number



Note:   Documents submitted Under Seal are required to have the filer’s original, hand-written, "wet signature" - no electronic signature is acceptable.