Disclosure of records

The Riverside County Juvenile Court limits access to juvenile court records in accordance with Welfare & Institution Code Section 827. Juvenile records are restricted to the minor, parents or guardians, attorneys involved in the case and court personnel. Photo identification is required to inspect, obtain, or copy juvenile court records.

Authorization is needed for any other person or entity not outlined in Welfare & Institution Code Section 827 or California Rule of Court 5.552, to inspect, obtain, or copy juvenile court records. Only a judicial officer of the juvenile court may order authorization.

Juvenile case files or court records may not be obtained or inspected by civil or criminal subpoena.

Request for Disclosure of Juvenile Court Records

Every person or agency seeking to inspect or obtain juvenile court records must petition the court for authorization using Request for Disclosure of Juvenile Case File (form JV-570).

You must specify the records sought based on knowledge, information, and belief that such records exist and are relevant to the purpose for which they are being sought.

You must describe in detail the reasons the records are being sought and their relevancy to the proceeding or purpose for which you wish to inspect or obtain the records.

The other judicial council forms you will need to fill-out and present to the court, along with the Request for Disclosure of Juvenile Case file (form JV-570), are as follows:

  • Notice of Request for Disclosure of Juvenile Case File (JV-571)
  • Proof of Service-Request for Disclosure (form JV-569)
  • Order on Request for Disclosure of Juvenile Case File (form JV-573)
  • Order After Judicial Review (form JV-574)

Service

At least 10 days before the Request for Disclosure of Juvenile Case file (form JV-570) is submitted to the court, you must personally, or by first-class mail, serve the following documents:

  • Request for Disclosure of Juvenile Case File (form JV-570)
  • Notice of Request for Disclosure of Juvenile Case File (JV-571),
  • and a blank copy of Objection to Release of Juvenile Case File (form JV-572)
  • on the following individuals:

    300 Dependency Cases

    County Counsel
    Office of County Counsel
    Attn: Custodian of Records
    3960 Orange Street, 5th Floor
    Riverside, Ca. 92501
    DPSS
    Department of Public Social Services
    Attn: Custodian of Records
    10281 Kidd Street, 2nd Floor
    Riverside, Ca. 92503

  • The child;
  • The attorney of record for the child who remains a dependent of the court;
  • The parents of the child;
  • The guardians of the child;
  • The Indian child's tribe; and
  • The child's CASA volunteer
  • 600 Delinquency Cases

    District Attorney
    Office of the District Attorney
    Attn: Custodian of Records
    9991 County Farm Road
    Riverside, Ca. 92503
    Probation Department
    Riverside County Probation
    Attn: Custodian of Records
    9889 County Farm Road
    Riverside, Ca. 92503

  • The child;
  • The attorney of record for the child who remains a ward of the court;
  • The parents of the child if the child is under 18 years of age;
  • The guardians of the child if the child is under 18 years of age;
  • The Indian child's tribe; and
  • The child's CASA volunteer

If you are unsure of the identity or address of any of the persons that need to be served, see the court clerk for assistance.

Filing with the Court

Once you have served the Request for Disclosure of Juvenile Case File (form JV-570), the Notice of Request for Disclosure of Juvenile Case File (JV-571) and a blank copy of Objection to Release of Juvenile Case File (form JV-572), you must complete the ‘Proof of Service - Request for Disclosure form (JV-569).

You will then submit the following completed documents to the juvenile court for the judicial officer’s review:

  1. Request for Disclosure of Juvenile Case File (form JV-570)
  2. Notice of Request for Disclosure of Juvenile Case File (form JV-571)
  3. Proof of Service - Request for Disclosure (form JV-569)
  4. Order on Request for Disclosure of Juvenile Case File (form JV-573)
  5. Order After Judicial Review (form JV-574)

There is no filing fee for these documents.

After carefully review and consideration, the judicial officer will either grant, deny or set the matter for a hearing. If the matter is scheduled for a hearing, the clerk will notify you.

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