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Juvenile  Court  -  Probation  Services

 

Destruction of Juvenile Offender Records

 
Pursuant to RCW 13.50.050 (17-19), a person eighteen years of age or older whose criminal history consists of only one referral for diversion may request that the court order the records in that case destroyed.  The request shall be granted if the court finds that two years have elapsed since completion of the diversion agreement.  If the court grants the motion to destroy records, it shall order the official juvenile court file, the social file, and any other records named in the order destroyed.

The person making the motion shall give reasonable notice of the motion to the Prosecuting Attorney and to any agency whose records are sought to be destroyed.

In order to request the destruction of juvenile offender records, the respondent must:

  • Notify all local law enforcement agencies in writing of his or her request to destroy the records as well as any agency whose records are sought to be destroyed.
  • Complete the Affidavit, Motion and Order Destroying Juvenile Offender Records and present it to the Prosecuting Attorney's Office for their signature.
  • Submit signed Affidavit, Motion and Order to the court for the Judge or Court Commissioner's signature.
  • Provide a signed, certified copy of the "Order to Destroy Juvenile Offender Records" to all agencies with whom he or she wishes to have their records destroyed.  Failure to do so may result in the records remaining open.

The above is a general overview of the procedures for requesting destruction of juvenile offender records.  This overview does not purport to cover all statutes and court rules that may apply to a request for destruction of juvenile offender records.  It is recommended that one consult with an attorney prior to requesting the destruction of juvenile records.

 

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