a motion to reopen and reset hearing was mailed to court but no word back. wonder if i just need to repetition. Two calls made so far to court with no call back either. Court clerk is usually good about that, but not this time. Should I just send in a new petition?
If there was a procedural error in your petition and proof, and the court dismissed the case, you can always refile and pay the $230 again. Have you made sure that you have the right grounds. It might be a good idea to hire a lawyer.
I agree with my colleague. If the case was dismissed without prejudice simply due to a procedural error, then you are not prohibited from refiling. However, due to numerous legal hoops and procedural hoops to jump through as part of a petition to seal, it is highly recommended to hire an attorney with experience in this area. For 7 years, I presided over sealing as a judge, and individuals without attorneys frequently made mistakes.
The time limits for reopening are extremely technical. When you combine that with the technicalities on sealing you really should seek counsel.
The importance of this issue is high, and you probably already know how it impacts your life, so spending money on it now can make a lot of sense.
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