STATEHOUSE (May 3, 2018) – Gov. Eric Holcomb today at the Statehouse 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.
“Trial records can provide victims and family members with the clarity and closure they deserve,” Pressel said. “Victims and family members should not have to pay a fee to obtain trial records of which they were involved in. I believe victims and family members have been through enough and should not have to pay and struggle to obtain records.”
Bohacek said transparency is essential in helping victims find closure.
“In order to help victims and their families heal, we need to make sure they’re given the opportunity to know what happened inside the courtroom,” Bohacek said. “With this law in place, it will be easier for them to access records and understand what has happened.”
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 1, 2018.
State Rep. Jim Pressel represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.
A high-resolution photo of Pressel can be downloaded by clicking here.
State Sen. Mike Bohacek represents Senate Districk 8, which
includes portions of LaPorte, Starke and St. Joseph counties.
A high-resolution photo of State Sen. Mike Bohacek is available by clicking here.
Pictured: Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated, center) on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Statehouse signs a new law authored by State Rep. Jim Pressel (seated, left) and sponsored by State Sen. Mike Bohacek (seated, right) helping victims and their families obtain trial records at no cost. Pressel said the prosecuting attorney or local victim assistance program will be required to notify the victim or family members of this right and will also be required to assist them in obtaining the court records.