A. Delinquency

Overview

The Supreme Court has not recognized a right of access to juvenile proceedings or records. In an early case, In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1, 25 (1967), the Court found that “[t]here is no reason why, consistently with due process, a state cannot … provide … for the confidentiality of records of police contacts and court action relating to juveniles.” Jurisdictions vary widely in allowing access to juvenile delinquency proceedings. However, the Third Circuit suggested that under some circumstances “an across-the-board ban on access to juvenile proceedings …would pose a substantial constitutional issue.” U.S. v. A.D., 28 F.3d 1353, 1358 (3rd Cir. 1994).

6th Cir.