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Juvenile Record Sealing Project

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Background

The Juvenile Record Sealing Project is a collaborative project between TeamChild, University of Washington and Seattle University law schools, Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington (SYLAW), Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons (SCRAP), and Northwest Justice Project (NJP).  TeamChild began managing the project in 2011 when SYLAW shifted to being a fully volunteer-run program.  The work of the Juvenile Record Sealing Project was funded by Social Ventures Kids (SVK).

Record Sealing Overview

In Washington State, juvenile court records do not automatically disappear when an individual turns 18. In fact, almost all juvenile records remain open for the public to view.

Juvenile records will not be sealed unless the individual requests the juvenile court that processed their conviction to seal the record.  In order to successfully seal a juvenile record, the respondent must meet several eligibility requirements. Eligibility depends on a number of factors, including the seriousness of the juvenile offense, the amount of time that has passed since the most recent conviction, outstanding fines, and the existence of any pending criminal matters. If an individual meets the eligibility requirements, they can file a motion with the court to have the record sealed.

Sealed records are protected from public examination, but they do not cease to exist. Records may be re-opened for public examination if the juvenile offender is convicted of another juvenile offense or an adult crime, or if the offender is charged with a felony.

King County Record Sealing Clinic

If you live in King County, you can attend a free clinic that may be able to assist you with sealing your records. This clinic is comprised of pro bono attorneys and volunteers from the University of Washington School of Law and Seattle University School of Law.  These volunteers provide free assistance to individuals trying to seal their juvenile records in King County.  There's no need to make an appointment and no need to bring anything with you.

Location: 1401 E. Jefferson Street, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98122 (SCRAP office)
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Dates: (all Wednesdays)

October 3, 2012
November 7, 2012
December 5, 2012
January 9 , 2013
February 6, 2013
March 6, 2013
April 3, 2013
May 1, 2013
June 5, 2013