Yesterday at the Statehouse, Gov. Eric Holcomb ceremonially signed a bill into law authored by State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) and sponsored by State Sen. Mike Bohacek (R-Michiana Shores) helping victims and their families obtain trial records at no cost. Pressel said this law will allow a victim, an immediate family member or the spouse of a deceased victim to obtain an electronic copy of transcripts in the victim’s case at no cost. The prosecuting attorney or local victim assistance program will be required to notify the victim or family members of this right and help them obtain the court records. Bohacek said transparency is essential in helping victims find closure. Currently, victims or their families must pay a fee in order to obtain trial records. The cost is determined depending on the type and volume of the documents, which can range from $35 to upwards of $5,000. This new law goes into effect July 1st.
May 6th, 2018|Local News|