[R40] Improving Indiana Courts' access to information (5/13/2013)

Monday, May 13, 2013 7:00 pm

Start Date:  5/13/2013  Start Time:  12:00 AM
End Date:  5/13/2013  End Time:  11:59 PM
Improving Indiana Courts’ access to information 

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

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

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. 

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. 

“Legislation enacted this session, like HEA 1393, will advance Indiana courts so that they work best for Hoosiers,” said Rep. Steuerwald. “As we move forward, I will continue to focus on how to enhance Indiana’s justice system so that Hoosier communities can be as safe as possible.” 

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Rep. Steuerwald (R-Avon) represents portions of Hendricks County. Rep. Steuerwald is Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and the Statutory Committee on Ethics and also serves on the Courts and Criminal Code Committee and Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee.
 

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