Status Summary

First reading, referred to Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 1.15.19. Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 1.23.19. Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation on 2.19.19; 1st substitute bill passed. Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 2.21.19. (updated 3.15.19)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Kuderer

Addresses the sealing of juvenile records by:

  • Eliminating judicial discretion to not seal juvenile records
  • Eliminating contested sealing hearings
  • Making sealing an automatic process, as long as the juvenile is 18, has completed probation, and has paid all restitution owed to individual victims

Clarifies a five day deadline for the court to respond to a request to seal juvenile records, or for the court to notify the individual that their record wasn’t sealed based on, e.g., lack of proof of payment of restitution, but no time limitation on a person to come forward and request for their juvenile record to be sealed.

The bill also specifies removal of access to sealed juvenile records information by the Washington state identification system.