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Name: People v. Connor
Case #: H024743
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 6 DCA
Opinion Date: 02/06/2004
Subsequent History: None

While probation reports in criminal cases are available to the public without restriction for sixty days after probation is granted, following the sixty-day period the media’s access to a probation report is subject to certain restrictions. The court here found that the statutory restriction on public access to probation reports was intended to restore a measure of privacy to the probationer. Thus, if access to a probation report is sought by petition, the subject of the report is entitled to notice and a hearing, and upon weighing the subject’s interest in confidentiality against the potential benefit from the report’s release, the court has discretion to order personal information to be redacted. The court should then release the remainder of the report.