Friday, December 3, 2021

MCR 1.109(D)(9)(a): Protecting Identifying Information

As of January 1, 2022, a new court rule is in effect designed to protect identifying personal information from being part of a public record in court filings. 

MCR 1.109(D)(9) Personal Identifying Information.

(a) The following personal identifying information is protected and shall not be included in any public document or attachment filed with the court on or after July 1, 2021, except as provided by these rules:
(i) date of birth,
(ii) social security number or national identification number,
(iii) driver's license number or state-issued personal identification card number,
(iv) passport number, and
(v) financial account numbers.

The State Court Administrative Office has issued two new forms: MC97 (for personal identifying information for Defendant) and MC97a (personal identifying information for anyone case related, excluding Defendant). The forms will need to be included in any new filing with the local Clerk's Office. 

The new forms are available online: MC97 and MC97a.

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