Overview Description

A record relating to any case in which there is a successful completion of an informal adjustment without adjudication or pretrial diversion under section 37-1-110 will be expunged upon motion after one year. Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-153(f)(Cannot link directly to statutes.)

Ineligible Category or Citation

There is no statutory language regarding ineligible offenses.

Procedure General

A motion must be filed with the juvenile court to request the expungement of all the court files and records. Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-153(f).


There is no cost to the child. Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-153(f).


The order of expungement, the original delinquent petition, and the order of adjudication and disposition will be sealed and maintained by the clerk of the court in a locked file cabinet and kept separate from all other records. In courts that maintain a case management system capable of expunging a record and only allowing access to the system administrator, paper copies need not be maintained. Any person whose records are expunged will be restored to the status that the person occupied before arrest, citation, the filing of a juvenile petition, or referral. For more information on the effect, see Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-153(f).

Waiting Periods

The motion can be filed one year after the person successfully completed the informal adjustment or pretrial diversion program.

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