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Court records are public documents, both civil and criminal. Tax records are not, unless they become part of the discovery process. This is the method some of Donald Trump's opponents are using to get his tax records -- they get involved in litigation with him and then formally request copies of his tax returns in a discovery request. Generally, the only court documents that are sealed and kept from the public are juvenile matters and other matter involving minor children. Sometimes discovery is sealed if it contains proprietary secrets. Also, judges and courts have immunity from suits for damages for the actions they take as part of doing the court's business.