Office of Justice Programs

For the history of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and other sex offender legislation, see the Legislative History page.

Case Law Updates

Through the course of the year, the SMART Office follows state and federal case law about sex offender registration and notification, tracking the latest opinions, trends
and arguments. We aim to publish a summary for informational purposes annually.
Archived issues are available below.

Please note that the U.S. Department of Justice makes no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the contents of this update, and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this update. The information appearing in this update is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice to any individual or entity. We urge you to consult with your own legal advisor before taking any action based on information appearing in our updates.

Case Law Update 2019 Compiled

  1. Overview
  2. Who is Required to Register
  3. Juveniles
  4. Military
  5. Retroactivity
  6. Other Constitutional Issues
  7. Indian Country
  8. Failure to Register
  9. Residency Restrictions
  10. Miscellaneous


Examples of previous case law resources are accessible at the following locations:

Further Information

For any additional information or clarification, please contact the SMART Office at

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