EXPUNGEMENT– to expunge means to physically destroy information, including criminal records in files, computers or other depositories. A motion or order to expunge shall be treated as a motion or order to destroy.
SEALING– to seal means to protect from examination by the public & unauthorized court personnel. An entire record may be sealed or parts of a record may be sealed. Evidence of the existence of a sealed file, unless protected by statute, is available for viewing by the public on court indices, but is limited to case number, names of the parties, the notation ‘case sealed,’ the case type (civil) and the cause of action or charge (criminal). A sealed court record may be ordered unsealed under certain circumstances.