257.70 HEARINGS AND RECORDS; CONFIDENTIALITY.
(a) Notwithstanding any other law concerning public hearings and records, any hearing or
trial held under sections
shall be held in closed court without admittance of any
person other than those necessary to the action or proceeding. All papers and records, other than
the final judgment, pertaining to the action or proceeding, whether part of the permanent record
of the court or of a file in the state Department of Human Services or elsewhere, are subject to
inspection only upon consent of the court and all interested persons, or in exceptional cases only
upon an order of the court for good cause shown.
(b) In all actions under this chapter in which public assistance is assigned under
or the public authority provides services to a party or parties to the action,
notwithstanding statutory or other authorization for the public authority to release private data on
the location of a party to the action, information on the location of one party may not be released
by the public authority to the other party if:
(1) the public authority has knowledge that a protective order with respect to the other
party has been entered; or
(2) the public authority has reason to believe that the release of the information may result in
physical or emotional harm to the other party.
History: 1980 c 589 s 20; 1984 c 654 art 5 s 58; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 25