(d) Filing Procedures

All material submitted by a party either under seal or requesting sealed status, provisionally or otherwise, must be submitted in compliance with this subsection and Administrative Procedure for Electronic Case Filing 3.3. The documents and a data storage device shall be placed in a sealed envelope with a copy of the document’s cover page affixed to the outside of the envelope. The party shall designate the envelope with a conspicuous notation such as "DOCUMENTS UNDER SEAL," "DOCUMENTS SUBJECT TO PROTECTIVE ORDER," or the equivalent. If the basis for the document’s sealed status is not apparent, an explanatory cover letter should also be attached to alert the clerk’s staff of its special status.

Parties cannot seal otherwise public documents merely by agreement or by labeling them “sealed.”