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Juvenile  Court  -  Probation  Services

 

Sealing of Juvenile Offender Records

 
In any case in which an information has been filed or a diversion referral has been made, the person who is the subject of the information or complaint may file a motion with the court to have the court vacate its order and findings.  Pursuant to RCW 13.50.050 (11-14), the court may order the sealing of the official court file, the social file, and other records of the court and of any other agency in the case.

The court shall grant the motion to seal the records if:

  • For class B offenses, other than sex offenses, since the last date of release from confinement or entry of a disposition order, the person has spent 5 consecutive years in the community without committing any offense that results in a conviction.
  • For class C offenses (gross misdemeanors & misdemeanors), other than sex offenses, since the last date of release from confinement or entry of a disposition order, the person has spent 2 consecutive years in the community without committing any offense that results in a conviction.
  • No proceeding is pending against the moving party.
  • The person has not been convicted of a class A or a sex offense.
  • Full restitution has been paid.

The person making the motion shall give reasonable notice to the Prosecuting Attorney's Office and any other person or agency whose files are sought to be sealed.

If the court grants the motion, it shall order sealed the official juvenile court file, the social file, and other records relating to the case.

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

  • Notify all local law enforcement agencies in writing of his or her request to seal records as well as any agency whose records are sought to be sealed.
  • Complete the Affidavit, Motion and Order Sealing Juvenile Offender Records and present it to the Prosecuting Attorney's Office for 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 Seal Juvenile Offender Records" to all agencies with whom he or she wishes to have their records sealed.  Failure to do so may result in the records remaining open.

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

 

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Page Revised on October 31, 2012 Thurston County