What is diversion for youth crimes?

5. Confirm your youth record has been sealed or erased

After your court case is closed, you must wait a bit longer for your youth record to be erased or sealed.

The length of time while your youth record is open is called the access period. See Step 2. At the end of the access period, your records must be erased or sealed. This often happens automatically for electronic documents.

Once you've reached the end of your access period, you should check with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the local police. They can help you find out if your youth record has been sealed or erased. The best way to do this is to ask for a criminal background check.

Sometimes records aren't erased or sealed as soon as they should be. If the access period for your record is closed but the record still shows up on your criminal background check, ask the police to erase the record. If the police don't agree, you can get help from a youth justice lawyer. To find out if the access period for your record is closed, see Step 2.

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