31-32-6 Confidentiality / Open Records & Trials
Under recent changes to the Indiana Juvenile
Code, all delinquency proceedings alleging that the child committed
a felony are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
The Juvenile Court may issue an
order closing the juvenile delinquency proceedings during the testimony
of a child relating to sexual matters, if necessary to protect the
welfare of the child. In all other juvenile proceedings, the Juvenile Court shall determine whether the public should be excluded.
Records of the Juvenile Court are also available to the public pursuant to
IC 31-39-2, without a court order, in delinquency cases where it is alleged that a juvenile committed a felony or has committed committed two unrelated misdemeanors. If the child is less than 12 years of age, the records are available only if it is alleged that a felony or five unrelated misdemeanors are committed. Certain records related to psychological evaluations and child abuse may remain confidential.