The Office of the State Appellate Defender is partnering with the Access to Justice Commission to prepare and distribute legally correct and user-friendly forms for juvenile expungement that will be accepted in every courthouse throughout Illinois.
Access to Justice is an initiative announced in 2012 by the Illinois Supreme Court to improve access to the justice system. The Court formed the Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission and charged the Commission with promoting, facilitating and enhancing equal access to justice with an emphasis on access to the Illinois civil courts and administrative agencies for all people, particularly the poor and vulnerable.
Juvenile Expungement Information and Forms
The following forms have been approved for use by the Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice and are required to be accepted in all Illinois courts. The forms are ADA accessible, and you can handwrite or type into the PDF form.
ALERT -- The court forms have not yet been updated with this important information: juveniles adjudicated for sex offenses may now expunge those records, so long as they have successfully petitioned off the Juvenile Sex Offender Registry. See 705 ILCS 405/5-915(2). If you are currently required to register on the Juvenile Sex Offender Registry, the case cannot be expunged yet. If you have successfully petitioned for removal from the Registry under 730 ILCS 150/3-5, then the offense may be expunged, and you may use these forms.
You will need Adobe Acrobat or free Adobe Reader XI or higher in order to save completed forms.
Getting Started Juvenile Expungement Checklist
How to Expunge Your Juvenile Records
Request to Expunge Juvenile Record Form
Notice of Filing Juvenile Form
Order to Expunge Juvenile Form
Additional Juvenile Records Form
Additional Arresting Agencies Form
Change of Address Form
In addition to the above, Illinois Legal Aid Online provides a guided interview that will ask you a series of questions related to this topic and then the program will complete the forms for you. It is free to use.
Code for America (http://www.codeforamerica.org) is a nonprofit working to help restore opportunities for people with criminal cases.They are looking to talk with people who have completed the process to expunge or seal some (or all) of their criminal history. If you live in Illinois & have had criminal cases expunged /sealed, Code for America will pay you $50 to talk about the experience. Your feedback will be kept confidential & they won't ask about the nature of your convictions!
Click here to fill out the form.
Full text of Expungement of Juvenile Law Enforcement and Juvenile Court Records Section of Juvenile Court Act: 705 ILCS 405/5-915