On April 15, Chief Judge Heartfield signed General Order 04-10, which adds new section (c) to Local Rule
CV-10. The new rule requires parties to refrain for using where possible, and partially redact where not possible, the following information from documents filed with the court: (1) Social Security numbers; (2) names of minor children; (3) dates of birth; and (4) financial account numbers.
The change is a result of a recent Judicial Conference policy which created this requirement. Notably, the Judicial Conference did not seek to put this requirement into the federal rules, but merely enacted it as a "policy" so it has never been through any form of notice and comment. With respect to redacting the names of minor children, it is also worth noting that FRCP 10(a) requires parties to include the names of parties in the caption of the complaint.