Okla. Stat. § 7005-1.3

Oklahoma Statutes

Title 10. Children

Chapter 70. Oklahoma Children's Code

Article V. Childrens' Records


§ 7005-1.3. Inspection of records without court order--Penalties for unlawful disclosure


A. Juvenile court records may be inspected, and their contents shall be disclosed, without a court order to the following persons upon showing of proper credentials and pursuant to their lawful duties:


1. The court having the child currently before it in any proceeding pursuant to this title, any district court or tribal court to which such proceedings may be transferred, employees and officers of the court in the performance of their duties, including but not limited to guardians ad litem appointed by the court, and court-appointed special advocates;


2. Employees of court-appointed special advocate programs, as defined in Section 7001-1.3 of this title, in the course of their official duties pertaining to recruiting, screening, training, assigning cases, supervising and supporting volunteers in their roles as guardian ad litem, pursuant to Section 7003-3.7 of this title;


3. Members of postadjudication review boards established pursuant to the provisions of Section 1116.2 of this title, the Child Death Review Board, and multidisciplinary personnel. In addition to juvenile court records, members of such postadjudication review boards may inspect, without a court order, information that includes, but is not limited to:


a. psychological and medical records,


b. placement history and information, including the names and addresses of foster parents,


c. family assessments,


d. treatment or service plans, and


e. school records;


4. A district attorney, United States Attorney, or Attorney General of this or another state and the employees of such offices in the course of their official duties pursuant to this title or the prosecution of crimes against children, or upon their request in their official capacity as advisor in a grand jury proceeding;


5. The attorney representing a child who is the subject of a proceeding pursuant to the provisions of this title, including the attorney representing a child pursuant to the provisions of subsection C of Section 7002-1.2 of this title or representing a child pursuant to the provisions of subsection A of Section 7112 of this title. Such attorney may also access other records listed in subsection A of Section 7005-1.2 of this title for use in the legal representation of the child;


6. Employees of juvenile bureaus in the course of their official duties pursuant to this title, and employees of the Department of Human Services in the course of their official duties;


7. Employees of a law enforcement agency of this or another state and employees of a child protective service of another state in the course of their official duties pertaining to investigations of a report of known or suspected child abuse or neglect or crimes against children or for the purpose of determining whether to place a child in protective custody;


8. Persons and agencies authorized by Section 7005-1.7 of this title;


9. The Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth as provided by Sections 601.2 and 601.6 of this title;


10. The Department of Human Services or other public or private agency or individual having court-ordered custody or custody pursuant to Department of Human Services placement of the child who is the subject of the record;


11. The Office of Juvenile Affairs;


12. The child who is the subject of the record and the parents, legal guardian, custodian or foster parent of such child;


13. A federally recognized Indian tribe in which the child who is the subject of the record is a member or is eligible to become a member of the tribe and is the biological child of a member of an Indian tribe pursuant to the provisions of the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act, P.L. 95-608, [FN1] and the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act; [FN2] provided such Indian tribe, in the course of its official duties, is:


a. investigating a report of known or suspected child abuse or neglect or crimes against children or for the purpose of determining whether to place a child in protective custody,


b. providing services to or for the benefit of a child including, but not limited to, protective, emergency, social and medical services, or


c. the tribe, the tribal court or the tribal child welfare program has asserted jurisdiction or intervened in any case in which the child is the subject of the proceedings or is a party to the proceedings pursuant to the authority provided in the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act.


The records that are to be provided to Indian tribes under this subsection shall include all case records, reports, and documents as defined in Section 7005-1.1 of this title;


14. The Governor or to any person the Governor designates, in writing;


15. Any federal official of the United States Department of Health and Human Services;


16. Any member of the Legislature approved in writing by the Speaker of the House of Representatives or the President Pro Tempore of the Senate;


17. Persons authorized by and in the manner provided in the Oklahoma Child Abuse Reporting and Prevention Act; [FN3]


18. A foster parent, with regard to records concerning the social, medical, psychological or educational needs of a child currently placed with that foster parent or of a child being considered for placement with that foster parent;


19. An employee of any state or federal corrections or law enforcement agency in the performance of such employee's official duties concerning presentence investigations or supervision of a parent of an alleged or adjudicated deprived child, or the legal guardian, custodian or any other adult member of the child's home who is responsible for the health, safety or welfare of the child; and


20. An employee of a state agency of this or another state in the performance of such employee's official duties concerning the establishment of paternity or the establishment or enforcement of a child support order or other entitlement for the benefit of a child; provided, disclosure shall be limited to information directly related to the purpose of such disclosure.


B. In accordance with the rules promulgated for such purpose pursuant to Section 620.6 of this title, records listed in subsection A of Section 7005-1.2 of this title may be inspected and their contents disclosed without a court order to participating agencies.


C. Records and their contents disclosed without an order of the court as provided by this section shall remain confidential. The use of such information shall be limited to the purposes for which disclosure is authorized. It shall be unlawful and a misdemeanor for any person to furnish any record or disclose any information contained therein for commercial, political or any other unauthorized purpose.


CREDIT(S)


Laws 1991, c. 296, § 11, eff. Jan. 1, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 78, § 1, emerg. eff. April 18, 1993; Laws 1993, c. 306, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Renumbered from Title 10, § 1125.2 and amended by Laws 1995, c. 352, §§ 59, 199, eff. July 1, 1995. Laws 1996, c. 200, § 18, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 1997, c. 386, § 20, emerg. eff. June 10, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 416, § 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 2000, c. 374, § 26, eff. July 1, 2000; Laws 2005, c. 153, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2005.


[FN1] 25 U.S.C.A. § 1901 et seq.


[FN2] Title 10, § 40 et seq.


[FN3] Title 10, § 7101 et seq.

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