Ritter v. Kimball, 67 N.C. App. 333, 313 S.E.2d 1 (1984)

In civil custody case, father sought DSS testimony and records related to alleged neglect. DSS argued that the information and records, including the identity of the reporter, were confidential. The lower court reviewed the records in camera and redacted the name of the reporter (and information that could be used to identify the reporter). 
"That the mere inconvenience of [plaintiff] in having to seek an alternative method of obtaining the requested information should not override the overall philosophy of the Juvenile Code to keep juvenile records confidential."
The court concluded that the rest of the reports would not be subject to the protective order. Plaintiff appealed the restrictions on discovery and DSS appealed from the allowance of discovery.
Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's decision.

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