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SECTION 2103-A
Confidentiality of addresses in civil proceedings
Civil Practice Law & Rules (CVP) CHAPTER 8, ARTICLE 21
Rule 2103-a. Confidentiality of addresses in civil proceedings. (a)
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in any civil proceeding,
whether or not an order of protection or temporary order of protection
is sought or has been sought in the past, the court may, upon its own
motion or upon the motion of any party, authorize any party to keep his
or her residential and business addresses and telephone numbers
confidential from any party in any pleadings or other papers submitted
to the court, where the court makes specific findings on the record
supporting a conclusion that disclosure of such addresses or telephone
numbers would pose an unreasonable risk to the health or safety of a
party. Pending such a finding, any such addresses or telephone numbers
of the party seeking confidentiality shall be safeguarded and sealed in
order to prevent its inadvertent or unauthorized use or disclosure.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if a party has resided
or resides in a residential program for victims of domestic violence as
defined in section four hundred fifty-nine-a of the social services law,
the present address of such party and the address of the residential
program for victims of domestic violence shall not be revealed by the
court or any court personnel who may have access to such information.

(c) Upon such authorization, the court shall designate the clerk of
the court or such other disinterested person as it deems appropriate,
with consent of such disinterested person, as the agent for service of
process for the party whose residential and business addresses or
telephone numbers are to remain confidential and shall notify the
parties of such designation and the address of the agent in writing. The
clerk or disinterested person designated by the court shall, when served
with process on behalf of the party whose information is to remain
confidential, promptly notify such party whose information is to remain
confidential and forward such process to him or her in a manner
calculated to be timely received.

(d) In any case in which such confidentiality authorization is made,
the party whose information is to remain confidential shall inform the
clerk of the court or disinterested person designated by the court of
any change in address for purposes of receipt of service of process or
any papers.