"In a multifaceted decision addressing the public's right to access juvenile court proceedings and documents, the Supreme Court of Ohio today granted writs sought by the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper ordering a Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court judge to conduct evidentiary hearings before granting motions to close court proceedings to the public, and requiring the court to give public notice of the filing of motions to close proceedings and of scheduled hearings on such motions by making that information available on a publicly accessible docket.
The Court's per curiam decision also held that juvenile courts must allow public access to written motions seeking to close courtroom proceedings, and to the contents of hearing notices and the court's decisions granting or denying closure motions. The Court specified that in providing copies of these documents to the public, juvenile courts should redact (block out) any confidential information they may contain."
Juvenile Court Must Hold Hearing Before Closing Proceedings, Make Docket Entries Accessible , Ohio Supreme Court Summaries, Aug. 30, 2006; State ex rel. Plain Dealer Publishing Co., 2006-Ohio-4437. See our prior post: Plain Dealer Sues Juvenile Court.