2021 Georgia Code
Title 15 - Courts
Chapter 11 - Juvenile Code
Article 9 - Access to Hearings and Records
§ 15-11-709. Preservation and Destruction of Records; Computer Retrieval

Universal Citation: GA Code § 15-11-709 (2021)
  1. Subject to the earlier sealing of certain records pursuant to Code Section 15-11-701, the juvenile court shall make and keep records of all cases brought before it and shall preserve the records pertaining to a child in accordance with the common records retention schedules for courts approved by the State Records Committee pursuant to Code Section 50-18-92.
  2. Thereafter, the court may destroy such records, except that the records of cases in which a court terminates the parental rights of a parent and the records of cases involving a petition for legitimation of a child shall be preserved permanently.
  3. The juvenile court shall make official minutes consisting of all petitions and orders filed in a case and any other pleadings, certificates, proofs of publication, summonses, warrants, and other writs which may be filed and shall make social records consisting of records of investigation and treatment and other confidential information.
  4. Identification data shall be maintained and shall be disseminated to criminal justice officials for official judicial enforcement or criminal justice purposes as provided in Code Section 35-3-33.
  5. Nothing in this chapter shall restrict or otherwise prohibit a juvenile court clerk from electing to store for computer retrieval any or all records, dockets, indexes, or files; nor shall a juvenile court clerk be prohibited from combining or consolidating any books, dockets, files, or indexes in connection with the filing for record of papers of the kind specified in this chapter or any other law, provided that any automated or computerized record-keeping method or system shall provide for the systematic and safe preservation and retrieval of all books, dockets, records, or indexes. When the clerk of a juvenile court elects to store for computer retrieval any or all records, the same data elements used in a manual system shall be used, and the same integrity and security shall be maintained.

(Code 1981, §15-11-709, enacted by Ga. L. 2013, p. 294, § 1-1/HB 242.)

Cross references.

- Juvenile Court records, Uniform Rules for the Juvenile Courts of Georgia, Rules 3.1 - 3.3.

Juvenile Court as court of inquiry, Uniform Rules for the Juvenile Courts of Georgia, Rule 14.

Administrative Rules and Regulations.

- Completeness and accuracy of criminal justice information, Official Compilation of the Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia, Georgia Crime Information Center Council, Practice and Procedure, Rule 140-2.03.

Law reviews.

- For article, "An Outline of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction with Focus on Child Custody," see 10 Ga. St. B. J. 275 (1973).

RESEARCH REFERENCES

Am. Jur. 2d.

- 47 Am. Jur. 2d, Juvenile Courts and Delinquent and Dependent Children, §§ 116, 117.

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