Presselís legislation providing free trial records heads to governor

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Wednesday, March 7, 2018

STATEHOUSE (March 7, 2018) — The Senate yesterday passed State Rep. Jim Pressel’s (R-Rolling Prairie) legislation that would help victims and their families obtain trial records free of charge.

 Pressel said this legislation would allow a victim, an immediate family member or 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 would be required to notify the victim or family members of this right and would also be required to assist them in obtaining the court records.

 “This legislation establishes and clarifies a victim’s right to have an official record of how the court system handled their case at no cost,” Pressel said. “Victims and families look to criminal proceedings to give them justice. Going forward, this act will ensure they are notified of this right.”

 Currently, victims or their families must pay a fee in order to obtain trial records. The cost is determined depending upon the type and volume of the documents, which can range from $35 to upwards of $5,000.

 House Enrolled Act 1173 will now head to the governor’s desk. To learn more, click here.

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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.