S 370.1. Securing the attendance of witnesses; securing certain testimony. 1. The provisions of article six hundred twenty of the criminal procedure law concerning the securing of attendance of witnesses by material witness order shall apply to proceedings under this article. 2. Article six hundred sixty, six hundred seventy and six hundred eighty of the criminal procedure law concerning the securing of testimony for use in a subsequent proceeding, the use of testimony given in a previous proceeding and the examination of witness by commission shall apply to proceedings under this article. 3. The provisions of the uniform act to secure attendance of witnesses from without the state in criminal cases, as incorporated in article six hundred forty of the criminal procedure law, shall apply to proceedings under this article. S 375.1. Order upon termination of a delinquency action in favor of the respondent. 1. Upon termination of a delinquency proceeding against a respondent in favor of such respondent, unless the presentment agency upon written motion with not less than eight days notice to such respondent demonstrates to the satisfaction of the court that the interests of justice require otherwise or the court on its own motion with not less than eight days notice to such respondent determines that the interest of justice require otherwise and states the reason for such determination on the record, the clerk of the court shall immediately notify the counsel for the child, the director of the appropriate presentment agency, and the heads of the appropriate probation department and police department or other law enforcement agency, that the proceeding has terminated in favor of the respondent and, unless the court has directed otherwise, that the records of such action or proceeding, other than those destroyed pursuant to section 354.1 of this act, shall be sealed. Upon receipt of such notification all official records and papers, including judgments and orders of the court, but not including public court decisions or opinions or records and briefs on appeal, relating to the arrest, the prosecution and the probation service proceedings, including all duplicates or copies thereof, on file with the court, police agency, probation service and presentment agency shall be sealed and not made available to any person or public or private agency. Such records shall remain sealed during the pendency of any motion made pursuant to this subdivision. 2. For the purposes of subdivision one, a delinquency proceeding shall be considered terminated in favor of a respondent where: (a) the petition is withdrawn; or (b) the petition is dismissed under section 315.1 or 315.2 and the presentment agency has not appealed from such order or the determination of an appeal or appeals from such order has been against the presentment agency; or (c) the petition has been deemed to have been dismissed under section 315.3 and the presentment agency has not appealed from such order or the determination of an appeal or appeals from such order has been against the presentment agency; or (d) the petition is dismissed without prejudice under subdivision four of section 325.3 and the presentment agency has not appealed from such order or the determination of an appeal or appeals from such order has been against the presentment agency; or (e) the entire petition has been dismissed under subdivision two of section 345.1; or (f) the petition is dismissed under subdivision two of section 352.1; or (g) prior to the filing of a petition, the probation department has adjusted the case or terminated the case without adjustment; or (h) prior to the filing of a petition the presentment agency chooses not to proceed to petition; or (i) the petition is dismissed pursuant to a motion made in accordance with subdivision eight, nine or ten of section 332.1. 3. Records sealed pursuant to subdivision one shall be made available to the respondent or his designated agent and the records and papers of a probation service shall be available to any probation service for the purpose of complying with subdivision four of section 308.1. 4. If prior to the filing of a petition the presentment agency elects not to commence a delinquency action it shall serve a certification of such disposition upon the appropriate probation service and the appropriate police department or law enforcement agency, which, upon receipt thereto, shall comply with the provision of subdivision one in the same manner as is required with respect to an order of the court. 5. If the probation service adjusts a delinquency case it shall serve a certification of such disposition upon the appropriate police department or law enforcement agency which, upon receipt thereof, shall comply with the provisions of subdivision one in the same manner as is required thereunder with respect to an order of a court. 6. A respondent in whose favor a delinquency proceeding was terminated prior to the effective date of this section may upon motion apply to the court, upon not less than twenty days notice to the presentment agency, for an order granting him the relief set forth in subdivision one, and such order shall be granted unless the presentment agency demonstrates to the satisfaction of the court that the interests of justice require otherwise. A respondent in whose favor a delinquency action or proceeding was terminated as defined by subdivisions four and five, prior to the effective date of this section, may apply to the appropriate presentment agency or probation service for a certification as described in such subdivisions granting him the relief set forth therein and such certification shall be granted by such presentment agency or probation service. S 37521. Motion to seal after a finding. 1. If an action has resulted in a finding of delinquency pursuant to subdivision one of section 352.1, other than a finding that the respondent committed a designated felony act, the court may, in the interest of justice and upon motion of the respondent, order the sealing of appropriate records pursuant to subdivision one of section 375.1. 2. Such motion must be in writing and may be filed at any time subsequent to the entering of such finding. Notice of such motion shall be served upon the presentment agency not less than eight days prior to the return date of the motion. Answering affidavits shall be served at least two days before such time. 3. The court shall state on the record its reasons for granting or denying the motion. 4. If such motion is denied, it may not be renewed for a period of one year, unless the order of denial permits renewal at an earlier time. 5. The court shall not order the sealing of any record except as prescribed by this section or section 375.1. 6. Such a motion cannot be filed until the respondent's sixteenth birthday. S 375.3. Expungement of court records. Nothing contained in this article shall preclude the court's use of its inherent power to order the expungement of court records. Top of Page
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