Amendments protect minors' interests in confidentiality and rehabilitation.


PA 095-0123

(Effective 8/13/07).

Sections 1-7 and 1-8 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, have been amended. 705 ILCS 405/1-7, 1-8. The amendments mandate that a court order which permits the disclosure of law enforcement and court records concerning a minor who has been arrested or taken into custody before his or her 17th birthday must be issued pursuant to the Act. The Act provides that, for the purposes of obtaining documents, a civil subpoena is not an order of the court.

Sections 1-7(C) and 1-8(C) provide guidance for instances where a party seeks to inspect or copy law enforcement records or juvenile court records for a pending juvenile court case. In such instances, the party must provide actual notice to the attorney or guardian ad litem of the minor whose records are sought. In cases where the records concern a juvenile court case that is no longer pending, the party seeking to inspect the records shall provide actual notice to the minor or...

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