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May 27, 2016

The Administrative Office of the Courts has promulgated new procedures to implement changes in the expungement law which cover Drug Court expungements and expungement of arrests that did not lead to conviction. These changes are designed to provide a more efficient way for certain individuals to expunge their records, and, without the requirement of a court fee (typically $75).

Individuals who graduated from Drug Court on or after April 18, 2016, and meet certain other requirements (see attached memo) can fill out a standard expungement order and present it to the sentencing judge.

Similarly, those who have arrests that did not lead to conviction in the Superior Court on or after April 18, 2016, may fill out a standard expungement order at the time of dismissal and provide it to the court. Those who have arrests that did not lead to conviction in the Municipal Court on or after April 18, 2016, may request an appropriate expungement application from the court and follow the procedures set forth in the attached memo. 

Those who graduated from Drug Court or have arrests on their New Jersey record that did not lead to conviction prior to April 18, 2016, may utilize the standard expungement procedures set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:52-1, et seq. These individuals may utilize the tool kits available from LSNJ Clearing Your Record, and the Judiciary, as well as the web-based tools available at Clearing Your Record Online. There will be no fee for such expungements.

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