Rule 10-8. Withdrawal of Files

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Rule 10-8. Withdrawal of Files

   A. An attorney, title examiner, or bonded abstractor shall be permitted to withdraw an inactive civil file from the custody of the clerk. The clerk shall take a receipt from the person removing the same, giving the title of the case on the appearance docket, number of the case, the date when taken, and the date on which the file will be returned. The file shall be returned forthwith upon the filing of any pleading in the case or within 3 days after withdrawal, whichever is earlier. Failure to return a file promptly, in accordance with the receipt, will result in suspension of the right to withdraw files.

   B. No person shall be granted permission to withdraw original bonds, or files pertaining to inquests, insanity proceedings, or mental health proceedings.

   C. No active file may be withdrawn without specific written approval of the district judge or clerk of the court.

   D. No criminal file may be withdrawn at any time regardless of whether the case is pending or completed.