Section 12-15-136

Proceedings for sealing legal and social files and records of courts, pertaining to certain persons and effect thereof.

(a) On motion of a person who has been the subject of a delinquency or child in need of supervision petition , the juvenile court may order the sealing of the legal and social files and records of the juvenile court pertaining to the person if it finds that:

(1) Two years have elapsed since the final discharge of the person from legal custody or supervision or two years after the entry of any other order of the juvenile court not involving custody or supervision; and

(2) The person has not been convicted or adjudicated delinquent or a youthful offender of any felony or a misdemeanor involving sexual offenses, drugs, weapons, or violence, or threats of violence, prior to the filing of the motion and no proceeding is pending seeking the conviction or adjudication.

(b) The motion and the order may include the records, reports, or information specified in Section 12-15-133.

(c) Notice of the motion shall be given by the clerk of the juvenile court to all of the following:

(1) The prosecutor.

(2) The authority granting the discharge if the final discharge was from an institution, parole, or probation.

(3) The law enforcement officers, department, agency, and central depository having custody of the files and records specified in Section 12-15-133 and included in the motion.

(d) Upon the entry of the order, the proceedings in the case shall be sealed. The juvenile court, by order in an individual case, may permit inspection by or release of information in the records to any clinic, hospital, or agency which has the person under care.

(e) Any adjudication of delinquency or youthful offender or conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving sexual offenses, drugs, weapons, or violence, or threats of violence, subsequent to sealing shall have the effect of nullifying the sealing order.

(Acts 1975, No. 1205, p. 2384, §5-145; §12-15-103; amended and renumbered by Act 2008-277, p. 441, §7.)