SB 985 Modifies certain requirements about identification information in certain court pleadings, liens, notices of garnishment, and writs of sequestration
Sponsor: Goodman
LR Number: 5186S.01P Fiscal Note: 5186-01P.ORG
Committee: General Laws
Last Action: 5/12/2010 - Referred to Rules Committee pursuant to Rule 25(32)(f) Journal Page: H1727
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Effective Date: Varies
House Handler: Wilson

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SB 985 - This act modifies certain requirements about identification information in certain court pleadings, liens, notices of garnishment, and writs of sequestration.

Currently, any pleadings other than interlocutory or final judgments in divorce or legal separation cases filed prior to August 28, 2009, shall only be inspected by the parties, an attorney of record, upon order of the court, or in certain circumstances by the Family Support Division of DSS. The clerk is required to redact social security numbers from any judgment or pleading before releasing them to the public. This act modifies these requirements, so that they also apply to pleadings in modification proceedings filed prior to August 28, 2009, and so that licensed title insurers or their designees, will also be allowed to inspect the pleadings in these cases. Those people who are authorized to inspect the pleadings in these cases may also receive or make copies of documents without the clerk being required to redact the Social Security number, unless the court specifically orders the clerk to do otherwise. Also, the clerk will no longer be required to redact the Social Security number from pleadings from cases prior to August 28, 2009, but only from any copy of a judgment or satisfaction of judgment.

This section has an emergency clause.

Currently, real estate liens based on unpaid child support or maintenance must include the person's Social Security number. This act requires only the last four digits of the Social Security number on the lien.

This act also changes the requirement that notices of garnishment and writs of sequestration contain the federal taxpayer identification number of a judgment debtor. Only the last four digits of the debtor's federal taxpayer identification number will be required.

EMILY KALMER