Filing Pseudonymously: Oklahoma
Oklahoma caselaw does not apply, or even discuss in any way, the use of Doe pseudonyms. However, it is possible to sue as Doe as seen in the following, but note that sexual abuse of minors is generally accorded extra statutory privacy protection:
- Doe v. Independent Schl. Dist. No. I-89, 780 P.2d 659 (Okla. 1988) – Doe sues on behalf of her special education daughter who was sexually assaulted by school bus driver.
Filing Requirements & Availability of Court Records
OKLA. STAT. 12 § 2010 (2009): Form of Pleadings
A. Caption; Names of Parties . . . . In the petition the title of the action shall include the names of all the parties . . . .”
Each of the judicial districts also have local rules relating to the names of parties in the pleadings. For example: Okla. 7 & 26 Jud. Dist. Ct. R. 10 (2009): Pleading and service – All cases:
(F). In all cases, excluding those filed in the Juvenile Division, unless the parties shall be properly named or identified, the Court shall not conduct any hearing, approve any order, or grant any relief. In those cases where the petition has been filed without the parties being properly named or identified, an amended petition shall be filed clarifying the caption of the case.
Opinions are available online for 90 days at http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/start.asp?viewType=NEWDECISIONS (last visited Apr. 20, 2010).
- OKLA. STAT. 10A § 1-6-102 (2009) states confidential children’s records. See also 10A Okl. St. § 2-6-102 (2009).