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Criminal Charges and Convictions
Automatic Expungement of Dismissed Cases

In June 2020, the Administrative Office of the Courts issued guidance on the process of automatic expungement of dismissed cases. Municipal, Criminal, and Family Courts are now required to automatically order and process the expungement of such cases at the time of dismissal, acquittal, or discharge without a conviction or adjudication. Previously, those seeking expungement were required to request an application from the court at the time of dismissal. Many missed this opportunity because they were unaware of their right to expunge a dismissed case in this manner. There is no change to the process of expungement for cases dismissed by way of diversion or supervisory treatment program.​ ​