At the Columbia Journalism Review, Jonathan Peters offers some information and advice for journalists who want to challenge a gag order to get access to newsworthy court documents.

I thought it might be helpful to add some broader analysis of when it’s proper for a judge to gag people or to restrict access to court records. I hope these notes will add to the coverage so far, and help any journalists facing similar restrictions. (These are the general principles, so there may be slight variations from one jurisdiction to the next.)

It’s a good primer (or refresher) for lawyers, too.

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