IHTM03034 - What is recorded on the file cover: file status
When the file is first created the date is stamped next to the pre-printed ‘O’ in the file status box, to show the date the file was first opened. When you close (IHTM39041) a file you will need to note the new file status in this box using the relevant marking (IHTM39002). You should initial and date the change. Registry staff should change the file status on ALF (IHTM03291).
If you have to re-open the file for any reason the file status should be changed to ‘O’ again, and so on.