Overview Description

Records relating to a juvenile charged with a criminal offense on or after July 1, 2006, are sealed by the court upon dismissal of the case. 33 V.S.A. § 5119(h)(1).

Ineligible Category or Citation

There is no statutory language regarding ineligible offenses.

Procedure General

The files and court records are sealed if the case is dismissed. For the specific procedure, see 33 V.S.A. § 5119(h)(1).

Fees

There is no statutory language regarding fees.

Effect

The files and court records are sealed. 33 V.S.A. § 5119(h)(1).

Upon the court's order to seal the record, the proceedings will be considered never to have occurred, all general index references thereto will be deleted, and the person, the court, and law enforcement officers and departments will reply to any request for information that no record exists with respect to such person upon inquiry in any matter. 33 V.S.A. § 5119(e)(1).

Sealed records can be unsealed or viewed in some limited circumstances. 33 V.S.A. § 5119(e)(2), (f)(2)-(6).

Waiting Periods

There is no statutory language regarding a waiting period.

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