Utah: Senate committee approves bill to remove personal information off court’s online search if criminal case dismissed; case number searching still allowed

The Utah Senate’s Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Committee last week approved SB 106 as amended. The bill provides that where a criminal case is dismissed the defendant may move the court for an order to remove the link between the person’s personal identifying information from the dismissed case in any publicly searchable database of the Utah state courts.

“Personal identifying information” is defined as current name, former name, nickname, alias, or date of birth.

The case would not be entirely removed, however for the court’s online search system. A case history, unless expunged, remains public and accessible through a search by case number even if not searchable by the person’s personal identifying information.

SB 106 now goes to the full Senate.