New Juvenile Expungement Law in South Carolina

expungementThe South Carolina legislature recently passed S. 133 which became A. 22 when signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley in June of 2015.  Amending S.C. Code of Laws Section 17-22-910 regarding expungement of criminal records and Section 63-19-2050 pertaining to the expungement of juvenile records, the revised act makes it easier and less costly for juveniles to expunge non-violent offenses from their records.  Senator Tom Davis of Beaufort sponsored the bill and told the Post & Courier that “…[t]he whole idea behind this was, if you’re going to have the expungements as a remedy out there, there ought not to be financial barriers to it….It’s something that you recognize that under existing law that certain people are shut out from the relief simply because of the cost component. And that’s not fair.” 

About Lisa Smith-Butler

Lisa is the Associate Dean for Information Services at the Charleston School of Law, Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library. She teaches Advanced Legal Research & Children & the Law.
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