Expungement of Mental Health Records in New Jersey

New Jersey statutes provide for expungement of records relating to mental health commitments. Records of both voluntary and involuntary commitments can be expunged. Also eligible to be expunged are determinations of dangerousness.

Statutes dealing with expungement of mental health records are not in the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice. Rather, they are in Title 30 of the New Jersey statutes. Title 30 relates to institutions and agencies.

Differences exist between expungement of mental health records and expungement of criminal records. Here is a comparison of the two types of expungements:

Expungement of Criminal Records versus Expungement of Mental Health Records
Result of Expungement
Criminal Records
Mental Health Records
Record Is Destroyed
No
No
Record Is Segregated
Yes
Yes
Revealing the Expunged Record Is an Offense for Which the Person Doing the Revealing Can Be Prosecuted
Yes
No
The Commitment Can Be Denied Legally, Even under Oath It depends. See Question 8 on our FAQ page. It depends. See Question 8 on our FAQ page.
Disabilities Relating to Firearms Are Removed
Yes
Yes, for both federal and New Jersey disabilities. But Gun Lawyers in New Jersey™ discusses New Jersey limitations.
Applicants Seeking Employment in Law Enforcement Must Disclose Expunged Information
Yes
No, but divulgence and waiver of confidentiality would be required for New Jersey firearms-related applications. Gun Lawyers in New Jersey™ provides more information.
Applicants Seeking Employment in Corrections Must Disclose Expunged Information
Yes
No, but divulgence and waiver of confidentiality would be required for New Jersey firearms-related applications. Gun Lawyers in New Jersey™ provides more information.
Applicants Seeking Employment in the Judicial System Must Disclose Expunged Information
Yes
No



N.J.S. 30:4-80.8 specifies when mental health records can be expunged. In particular, persons seeking expungement of those records are required to satisfy the court that they were discharged as recovered, or that they were substantially improved or in substantial remission. This substantial improvement or substantial remission need not have even existed at time of discharge. So long as at or after discharge the improvement or substantial remission occurred, expungement of the mental health records is available.

The expungement application is made to the court that first ordered the commitment, or to the Superior Court of New Jersey. Particular persons must be served with notice of the application. Those persons are the county adjuster of the county, the medical director of the institution or facility where the applicant was committed, and the party or parties who applied for the commitment or determination.

In evaluating the application, the court will consider the circumstances of why the commitment or determination was imposed upon the petitioner, the petitioner's mental health record and criminal history, and the petitioner's reputation in the community. To grant the expungement, the court must make two findings. The first finding is that the petitioner is likely to not act in a manner dangerous to the public safety. The second required finding is that the expungement is not contrary to the public interest. When the petitioner makes those showings, the court directs the clerk of the court to expunge the commitment from the court records.

Persons wishing to represent themselves on an application to expunge mental health records may find forms and instructions prepared by the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts helpful. Alternatively, expunging mental health records is a service that Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ provides. Cost and payment arrangements information is available on a separate page.

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