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Chapter 57c. Sealing Of Court Records Containing Medical Information For Certain Child Victims

Art. 57C.01.  DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:

(1)  "Child" means a person who is younger than 18 years of age.

(2)  "Medical records" means any information used or generated by health care providers, including records relating to emergency room treatment, rehabilitation therapy, or counseling.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1010, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.



Art. 57C.02.  SEALING OF RECORDS. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (c), on a motion filed by a person described by Subsection (b), the court shall seal the medical records of a child who is a victim of an offense described by Section 1, Article 38.071.

(b)  A motion under this article may be filed on the court's own motion or by:

(1)  the attorney representing the state;

(2)  the defendant; or

(3)  the parent or guardian of the victim or, if the victim is no longer a child, the victim.

(c)  The court is not required to seal the records described by this article on a finding of good cause after a hearing held under Subsection (d).

(d)  The court shall grant the motion without a hearing unless the motion is contested not later than the seventh day after the date the motion is filed.

(e)  Medical records sealed under this chapter are not open for inspection by any person except:

(1)  on further order of the court after:

(A)  notice to a parent or guardian of the victim whose information is sealed or, if the victim is no longer a child, notice to the victim; and

(B)  a finding of good cause;

(2)  in connection with a criminal or civil proceeding as otherwise provided by law; or

(3)  on request of a parent or legal guardian of the victim whose information is being sealed or, if the victim is no longer a child, on request of the victim.

(f)  A clerk of court is not liable for any failure to seal medical records after a motion under this chapter is granted, except on a showing of bad faith.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1010, Sec. 1, eff. June 19, 2009.


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