Thank you to everyone who helped with Expungement Day 2022. The planning will begin soon for the next expungement day in 2024.
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Additionally, a group of volunteers with Code for KC who passionately believe that expungement should be available to everyone have created Clear My Record – Expungement Project. The Clear My Record project aims to develop a web-based application that allows a person with a criminal conviction to determine if the crime is eligible for expungement and to complete an application for expungement for filing with the court. Currently, no such system exists and expungements are complicated and cumbersome for those affected.
The Topeka Bar Association hosted a Clean Slate Day project on September 15, 2022. The Clean Slate Day project is a pro bono service project designed to offer individuals the opportunity to have certain qualifying adult criminal arrests, convictions and diversions expunged through a simplified process. This may assist in removing barriers which prevented employment and housing opportunities. Only adult arrests, convictions, and diversions occurring in Shawnee County qualify for this project. Federal and municipal court cases cannot be addressed at this project.
The event to submit Expungement Petitions to the Court was held on Thursday September 15, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. at the Agriculture Hall building located at the Stormont Vail Events Center. Entry is at 17th and S.W. Exoduster Dr.
Individuals were encouraged to obtain and fill out the necessary forms prior to arriving. The forms can be downloaded from the Shawnee County District Attorney’s web site at http://www.snco.us/da/expungements.asp. Volunteers were available to provide those seeking an expungement limited assistance in completing the expungement application forms.
Individuals seeking an expungement may use the Shawnee County District Court's website to search for their cases within Shawnee County.
The Clean Slate project is possible through the combined efforts of members of the Topeka Bar Association, Third Judicial District Court, office of Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay, Third Judicial District Public Defender Office, Kansas Legal Services, Washburn Law School, and Butler and Associates.