Q When the court receives an order of expungement, after everything has been deleted from the system and the order has been sent to the proper places, what happens with the case file? Also, with a non-adjudication, do I delete it from the computer and code it as a non-adjudication, then file it away from the public?

A Unless the court order of expungement specifies otherwise, i.e., it specifies expungement of the conviction only, the clerk should blot out or otherwise remove the name and identifying information from the court files and records to prevent the disclosure of the defendantís identity. However, if the order of expungement specifies expungement of the record, the entire court file should be removed from public access or destroyed after complying with Sections 45-27-1 et seq (reporting to the Mississippi Justice Information Center). As to non-adjudications, these do not serve the same purpose as an expungement. The non-adjudication statute does not exempt records of non-adjudication from the Public Records Act, nor does it require expungement of the records. Pursuant to Section 99-15-26(5), one who successfully completes the non-adjudication and has the case dismissed can then petition the court for an expunction. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Berryman, November 22, 2019)