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Posted on: Sep 14, 2017

Indiana lawyers could face potential ethical liability if their paralegals or other staff misuse confidential information from online case records.

That prospect was raised Friday at a quarterly meeting of the Supreme Court’s Advisory Task Force on Remote Access to and Privacy of Electronic Court Records. Lawyers now have wide access through to online court documents in many cases, including those that are confidential or include confidential filings. The task force also discussed how to handle sensitive personal records and potential identity theft issues.

Lawyers have online access to available confidential information in cases where they have appeared, but task force member and Court of Appeals Judge Paul Mathias said there is no way for state courts to distinguish when an attorney, or a member of his or her staff, has accessed those records.

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