Overview Description

Records of a delinquency matter in which the jurisdiction of the court has been extended past the child's 17th birthday can be sealed any time after the closing of the child's case, so long as the court finds that it is in the best interest of the child to do so. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 211.321(5).

Ineligible Category or Citation

There is no statutory language regarding ineligible offenses.

Procedure General

There is no statutory language regarding procedure.

Fees

There is no statutory language regarding fees.

Effect

The sealing order will cause the official court file and all peace officers' records to be stored in a sealed envelope within the case file, or in a sealed envelope or other container apart from the case file. Sealed records stored within the file will be removed prior to inspection of the case file by non-court personnel. A court order will be required to open sealed records. Supreme Court Operating Rules 4.25

The sealing order will cause the destruction of all social histories, records, and information other than the official court file and peace officers' records. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 211.321(5).

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed any time after the case is closed.

 

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