RD570 - Automated Systems to Exchange Information: Progress on System Development – October 1, 2021
The expungement process in the Commonwealth of Virginia is often time-consuming and tedious due to the several manual processes that are involved. In the past five years, on average, the Department has processed over 4,097 expungements of criminal history information. Over the years, the Department has seen an increase in the number of petitions and corresponding court orders directing the expungement of criminal history information. Legislation passed during the 2021 Special Session provided new opportunities for the expungement and sealing of additional criminal offense information. Furthermore, the new legislation provides new automated processes in the electronic transfer of expungement and sealing information between key agencies involved in the expungement and sealing process. The new legislation provides an opportunity to streamline the expungement and sealing process by reducing the manual aspects that are involved.