sealing of records


sealing of records
n.
The sealing of a person’s criminal records so that they can only be examined by court order, often done with juvenile criminal records to prevent their impeding the person in his or her efforts to become a productive adult.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


sealing of records
The requirement that trial records and court decisions must be kept under seal, in contrast to most other court records, which are available for public review. The records most commonly sealed are criminal records of underage offenders; cases might also be sealed if they involve inventions, proprietary business information, or national security.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


sealing of records
n. The customary closing of criminal records of youthful offenders, mandated in some states by law, so that they can be viewed only by persons obtaining a court order to do so; the same as the first definition with regard to certain other cases.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

sealing of records
n.
   trial records and decisions which a judge orders kept secret. Usually these are the criminal records of under-age offenders which cannot be examined without a special court order or only by those connected with law enforcement. On occasion records in civil trials are sealed on the motion of a party claiming the need to protect inventions, business secrets or national security. Sometimes sealing is stipulated as part of a settlement to keep the terms from public scrutiny.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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