The Hartford Courant and Connecticut Law Tribune lawsuit seeking access to the now notorious docket sheets of the mysterious super-sealed judicial files was transferred Tuesday from federal court to state court. Attorney Daniel Klau, who represents the Connecticut Law Tribune and its parent company American Lawyer Media in the case, said Tuesday it will be transferred to Middletown Superior Court and assigned to Judge Robert E. Beach Jr.
As he waited Tuesday afternoon for Judge Robert N. Chatigny to sign off on the transfer, Klau explained that Beach has the ability to review the sealing orders in all 40 cases and decide whether they should have been sealed. The lawsuit filed three years ago was transferred at a time when judicial openness is under investigation by all three branches of government. The agreement filed Tuesday says the plaintiff media organizations “reserve their contention that they have an affirmative right to inspect the full, unredacted docket sheets in all cases currently pending before the Connecticut courts that are designated ‘Level 1’ or ‘Level 2’ sealing.” The defendants, state Chief Court Administrator, William Lavery, and Supreme Court Justice David Borden, reserve their contention “that they do not have the authority, in their administrative capacities, to modify or overturn sealing orders that have been entered by Superior Court judges,” according to the agreement. Click here to read the Law Tribune’s article on the transfer and here to read the Hartford Courant’s article.