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In this case regarding Petitioner’s request to access judicial records and documents related to a circuit court criminal proceeding, the Supreme Court ordered that the circuit court unseal the documents and that Petitioner be permitted to represent himself in any further proceedings on this matter.
Petitioner filed a petition for writs of prohibition and mandamus to obtain access to sealed court documents and records. The petition further sought an order prohibiting the circuit court judge from requiring Petitioner to retain an attorney in order to assert a constitutional right of access to judicial records. The Supreme Court granted the petition, holding (1) the substantive requirements for sealing were not met because the record did not demonstrate a compelling need sufficient to overcome the public’s constitutional right of access; and (2) because Petitioner asserted the constitutional right of access as an individual, he had a right to represent himself in the unsealing proceedings.