Aug. 3, 2023 – In re A.B. (1st Dist., Div. 5, A165499)

The juvenile court granted appellant’s initial petition to seal his juvenile records under WIC 781. But when appellant filed another petition, this time listing additional agencies that had access to his records yet were not listed in the initial petition or sealing order, the court denied the petition on the ground that it lacked the authority to grant a subsequent petition. The Court of Appeal reverses, reasoning that WIC 781 does not bar a subsequent petition, and that where “a rehabilitated juvenile offender is eligible for WIC 781 relief, no purpose is served by permanently barring them from correcting an omission in the initial petition.”