Gov. Jerry Brown Signs SB 1038 Into Law Authorizing Automatic Sealing of Juvenile Records

On August 22, 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law SB 1038, which provides the automatic sealing of juvenile records in cases where the youthful offender successfully completes all court-imposed sanctions. Existing law already allows for the sealing of non-violent juvenile records, but requires a young person to petition the court in order to initiate the process. Many young people never file a petition because they do not know that it is a requirement and also because it can be a lengthy process and have significant costs.

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