State to Remove Names of Petitioners for Protective Order from Online Database

CALIFORNIA, Md.—The Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) today announced that the state's online Judiciary Case Search Web site will no longer display the names of petitioners for for temporary, interim, final, and permanent protective orders and temporary, interim and final peace orders. The move is being made to protect the privacy of the petitioners.

At the request of the GOCCP and the Maryland State Board of Victim Services, the Office of the Administration of Courts (AOC) researched the issue of posting protective order and peace order petitioners' names on the Maryland Judiciary Case Search (JCS) public website and has concluded, according to Maryland Rule 16-1008 (3)(B)(i), that the petitioners' names should be blocked.

According to the GOCCP press release, AOC is in the process of having the JCS system changed to implement this privacy protection measure. A specific date for implementation was not announced.

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