Who can see expunged records in New Jersey?

When your records are expunged in New Jersey, they generally can’t be accessed by anyone except under specific circumstances. For example:

  • A court may access your criminal history when determining bail or sentencing.
  • Immigration officials may review these records when reviewing immigration applications.
  • The military and law-related employers may also access these records when reviewing applicants.

Otherwise, a court generally cannot make your prior convictions available to anyone unless they obtain a court order. To get a court order, that individual or entity would need to demonstrate a “good cause” or “compelling need” to view the records.