Police and court records; expungement of records, acquittals. (SB947)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) with support from co-patron Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Expungement of police and court records; acquittals. Provides that a court that enters a judgment acquitting a person of a criminal charge shall also enter an order requiring the expungement of the police and court records relating to the charge. Currently, such a person may file a separate petition for the expungement of such records; however, except in certain cases involving misdemeanor charges, the person is not entitled to an order of expungement, and the court hearing the petition must find that the continued existence and possible dissemination of such records causes or may cause circumstances that constitute a manifest injustice to such person before such an order will be entered. Read the Bill »


12/04/2020: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/13/2020Presented and ordered printed 20104924D
01/13/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/20/2020Assigned Judiciary sub: Criminal Law
01/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB947)
01/29/2020Committee substitute printed to LIS only 20106090D-S1
01/29/2020Continued to 2021 in Judiciary (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
12/04/2020Left in Judiciary