Overview Description

Records of a juvenile adjudication must be physically sealed on the youth's 18th birthday, so long as the person is not subject to a disqualifying event. Mont. Code Ann. § 41-5-216(1).

 

Ineligible Category or Citation

The following cannot be sealed: (1) youth traffic records, (2) records in any case in which the youth did not fulfill all requirements of the court's judgment or disposition, and (3) information pertaining to a youth that was required to register as a sexual offender. For a complete list of records excluded from sealing, see Mont. Code Ann. § 41-5-216(4).

Procedure General

The procedure is automatic.

Fees

There is no statutory language regarding fees.

Effect

Formal and informal youth court records, law enforcement records, and department records are subject to sealing. Mont. Code Ann. § 41-5-216(1).

A sealed record must be made unavailable for access by any person unless upon court order. Mont. Code Ann. § 41-5-220.

Waiting Periods

The record will be sealed on the youth's 18th birthday. Mont. Code Ann. § 41-5-216(1).

 

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