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What if the judge does not allow my Motion to Impound?

Produced by Mass Law Reform Institute
Reviewed May 2021

If the judge does not impound information that would let the other side find you, you have to put that information on all the forms that ask for it.

If the judge does not impound sensitive documents, you need to balance their importance to your case with the risk that the public will see them. You may decide to risk the public seeing the documents. Or you may decide not to file these documents in your case.


You can ask the court to impound informationat any point in your case. But if you ask the court to impound it after you file:

  • The other side may have seen information about where to find you. And
  • The public could already have seen other information in your case record.

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