Record Sealing Clarifications
During the 2016 session, the general assembly adopted an expedited process for sealing the criminal records of a person who is acquitted, whose case is completely dismissed, who completed a diversion agreement, or who completed a deferred judgment and sentence. The bill clarifies that many of the general provisions related to criminal record sealing also apply to this expedited process. The bill clarifies that if the case involved a crime that requires a victim to be notified of a motion for record sealing, the court shall allow up to 42 days to provide that notification before ruling on the motion on record sealing. The bill clarifies that the filing fee for state court cases goes to the judicial stabilization fund and the filing fee in a municipal court goes to the municipality. The bill allows the prosecuting attorney or law enforcement agency to release sealed police reports or protection orders to the victim, if the victim demonstrates that there is a need for the reports for a lawful purpose.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)