[24] Improving Indiana Courts' access to information (5/14/2013)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:00 pm

Start Date:  5/14/2013  All Day  

STATEHOUSE— Rep. Steve Braun (R-Zionsville) joined Gov. Mike Pence yesterday as he signed House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1393 into law. Authored by Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon), HEA 1393 continues an effort to create continuity in Indiana’s courts by giving them the option to join on the same filing network.

The bill went through the Committee on Ways and Means, a committee on which Rep. Braun serves. As a member of the committee, Rep. Braun served in an advisory capacity to the authors of the bill, providing insight from his civilian career, where he owns an information technology company. Rep. Braun was consulted, based upon his expertise, to create an amendment that ensured that the legislation was structured to provide the Judiciary Technology organization with the appropriate resources necessary to continue their systems development. 

HEA 1393 creates the option for counties across Indiana to join the same electronic filing system which will streamline communication between Indiana’s county courts. Filing under the same system will allow courts from varying counties access to relevant information. For instance if an individual is being held in one court they can easily see if other counties have warrants out. 

“This legislation will help advance Indiana courts to work efficiently for Hoosiers,” said Rep. Braun. “I was happy to work with the bill’s authors and sponsors regarding best practices during the committee, and I am looking forward to seeing how Indiana’s justice system will be enhanced from this legislation so that Hoosier communities continue to be safe for our families.” 

The legislation establishes the Judicial Technology Oversight Committee with the purpose of conducting a continuous study of information technology applications for Indiana's judicial system. HEA 1393 will also reduce the cost to local courts that currently pay for the ongoing annual cost of their system. The legislation will promote the effective use of technology and automation in Indiana courts. 

“HEA 1393 will create an improved system to allow Indiana courts to communicate with one another, produce better access to vital information and save taxpayer’s money. This legislation is fiscally smart and will benefit Hoosier county courts,” said Rep. Steuerwald.