The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held that the press and public alike possess a common law and first amendment right of access to civil proceedings, which can only be limited when an important countervailing interest is demonstrated.
Publicker Industries, Inc., v. Cohen, 733 F.2d 1059 (3d Cir. 1984).
Dan M. Brookhart,
Constitutional Law - First Amendment - Right of Access to Civil Trials,
Duq. L. Rev.
Available at: https://dsc.duq.edu/dlr/vol23/iss4/21