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2014 California Rules of Court

Rule 2.571. Procedures for filing records under seal in a False Claims Act case

(a) No sealing order required

On the filing of an action under the False Claims Act, the complaint, motions for extensions of time, and other papers filed with the court must be kept under seal. Under Government Code section 12652, no order sealing these records is necessary.

(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2007.)

(b) Filing a False Claims Act case in a county where filings are accepted in multiple locations

In a county where complaints in civil cases may be filed in more than one location, the presiding judge must designate one particular location where all filings in False Claims Act cases must be made.

(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2007.)

(c) Special cover sheet omitting names of the parties

In a False Claims Act case, the complaint and every other paper filed while the case is under seal must have a completed Confidential Cover Sheet-False Claims Action (form MC-060) affixed to the first page.

(Subd (c) amended effective January 1, 2007.)

(d) Filing of papers under seal

When the complaint or other paper in a False Claims Act case is filed under seal, the clerk must stamp both the cover sheet and the caption page of the paper.

(Subd (d) amended effective January 1, 2007.)

(e) Custody of sealed records

Records in a False Claims Act case that are confidential and under seal must be securely filed and kept separate from the public file in the case.

(Subd (e) amended effective January 1, 2007.)

Rule 2.571 amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as rule 243.6 effective July 1, 2002.

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