SECTION 1. Section 35A of Chapter 218 of the General Laws as appearing in the 2016 Official Edition is hereby amended by inserting at the end thereof the following paragraph:-
"All hearings held pursuant to this section, and all records associated with such hearings, shall be presumed to be open to the public, unless the court or said officers referred to above make a written finding, for good cause shown and in accordance with applicable statutes and precedents, that the defendant’s interest in privacy outweighs the public’s right of access. Any such finding shall be made only after a hearing on the record, in which the court may, in its discretion, permit an interested nonparty who files a notice of appearance limited to participation in the proceeding to be heard. Any such finding shall state with specificity the reason for closing the hearing and shall be narrowly tailored so as not to exceed the stated reason. All hearings held pursuant to this section shall be recorded."
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