Overview Description

Sealed records relating to a juvenile delinquency matter will be expunged on the earlier of five years after the court issues a sealing order or upon the 23rd birthday of the person who is the subject of the sealing order. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2151.358(A).

Ineligible Category or Citation

If the juvenile court is notified by any party in a civil action that a civil action has been filed based on a case the records for which are the subject of a sealing order, the juvenile court shall not expunge a record sealed under section 2151.356 until the civil action has been resolved and is not subject to further appellate review, at which time the records shall be expunged pursuant to division (A) of this section. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2151.358(C).

Procedure General

Expungement of sealed records should be automatic.

Fees

There is no statutory language regarding fees.

Effect

After the records have been expunged under this section, the person who is the subject of the expunged records properly can, and the court will, reply that no record exists with respect to the person upon any inquiry in the matter. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2151.358(F).

Waiting Periods

The record should be expunged five years after the sealing order or when the person turns 23, whichever is earlier.

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