Making Sure a Youth Record is Closed

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In order to avoid the difficulties that a youth record can cause, it is important to ensure that officials close the record when they are supposed to. Once a youth record is closed, a young person can honestly say they do not have a criminal record. You can follow up by doing the following:

Check whether the RCMP file copy of your record is destroyed

When it is time to close a youth record, the RCMP has to destroy the copy in its files. In order to make sure this happens, go to your local police station with your photo ID and ask the police to check their files. If your record is still there, ask your local police to contact the RCMP and have the record destroyed. It is a good idea to do this even if you were found not guilty of the offence on your record.

Make sure the local Police remove their copy of your record from their active files as well.

If you are not in agreement with the existence or accessibility of your youth record(s), you should speak with a lawyer who has experience in youth criminal justice matters.

This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by People's Law School, 2014.

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