The Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) recently announced that the state’s online Judiciary Case Search database will soon omit the names of petitioners who have filed requests for protective orders and peace orders. The GOCCP noted that privacy concerns have led to the change.
The reasoning for the change is based on Maryland Rule 16-1008(3)(B)(i), which states that custodians of judicial records “shall prevent remote access to the name” and other identifying information of a “victim or witness” to a criminal case, a juvenile delinquency case, or a protective order or peace order. The Office of the Administration of Courts (AOC) recently determined that this section of the rule includes the name and other contact information of petitioners who file for protective orders.
The AOC is working on changing the Judiciary Case Search website, but has not stated how long it will be before the changes take effect. The changes do not affect the names and other information for people whom protective orders are filed against; all information in the database can still be searched by the name of the defendant and by several other methods, like case number.
A petition for a protective order doesn’t mean a crime has been committed. If you’ve been charged with a crime in California, Maryland or anywhere in St. Mary’s County, please don’t hesitate to call the knowledgeable St. Mary’s County criminal defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer. Call us today at (800) 489-1577 for a confidential case evaluation.