STUDY EXPUNCTIONS RELATED TO 50B ORDERS (NEW).

View NCGA Bill Details2017-2018 Session
House Bill 796 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 11, 2017
AN ACT TO STUDY WHETHER A DEFENDANT IN A 50B ACTION SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO EXPUNGE ORDERS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE ACTION IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES.
Intro. by Faircloth.

Status: Ref To Com On Rules and Operations of the Senate (Senate Action) (Apr 26 2017)

SOG comments (1):

Short and Long Title Changes

House committee substitute to the 1st edition made changes to the short and long titles. The original titles are as follows:

EXPUNCTION RELATED TO 50B ORDERS.

AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR MANDATORY EXPUNCTIONS OF 50B ACTIONS WHERE A DISMISSAL IS TAKEN BY THE PLAINTIFF OR WHERE A JUDGE FINDS THAT THE DEFENDANT DID NOT COMMIT ACTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND TO PROVIDE FOR PERMISSIVE EXPUNCTIONS OF 50B ACTIONS UNDER SPECIFIC CONDITIONS.

H 796

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: Apr 25 2017 - More information

    House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition:

    Deletes all provisions of the 1st edition. Directs the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety to study whether a defendant in a 50B domestic violence action should be allowed to expunge orders and other documents related to the action, and under what circumstances any expunction should be allowed, and to report its findings to the General Assembly by April 1, 2018. Provides requirements for the study.

    Makes conforming changes to the act's titles.


  • Summary date: Apr 12 2017 - More information

    Enacts new GS 15A-154 (Petitioning for expunction of 50B ex parte order/temporary order). Provides that defendants are entitled to an expungement of a 50B complaint and all associated materials when either a judge finds after a hearing, or court proceeding in which evidence is presented, that the defendant did not commit acts of domestic violence as alleged in the complaint, or a voluntary dismissal is filed or taken in favor of the defendant by the plaintiff. Provides that a defendant against whom a 50B domestic violence protective order is extended for some period of time may be allowed an expunction upon a showing of six listed factors, including that at least three years have passed since the date that the ex parte order was entered, and that no other 50B orders have been issued against the defendant and no other violent or domestic-related crimes have been charged against the defendant since the date that the last domestic violence order was entered.

    Effective October 1, 2017, and applies to actions arising on or after that date.


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