Rep. Ober appointed to advisory task force

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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Rep. Ober appointed to advisory task force 

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 16, 2016) – Chief Justice of Indiana Loretta H. Rush has appointed Indiana State Rep. Dave Ober (R-Albion) to the newly created Advisory Task Force on Remote Access to and Privacy of Electronic Court Records.

“I am honored for the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” Ober said. “I look forward to working with the other members of the task force.”

The task force has been created under the auspices of the Records Management Committee (RMC) and Court Technology. The court found that with recent technical developments, there is a need for a renewed study of best practices and policies on Internet access to electronic court records.

In May 2014, the Indiana Supreme Court announced that Indiana courts will move to electronic filing. The e-filing system was launched in 2015 in the Hamilton circuit and superior courts and is now operational in the appellate courts and the circuit and superior courts of Clark County.

Currently, the public can access non-confidential records in a case file by going to the courthouse or contacting the clerk or court staff for assistance. The result is often referred to as “practical obscurity” because most public case documents remain obscure in the hard copy case file.

In the near future, the electronically filed and digitized documents in a case file could be posted on the Internet and made available around the world. This capability raises new questions about balancing litigants’ privacy against the public convenience of remote access.

The task force has been directed to provide an initial written report, with findings and recommendations to the RMC and to Justice Steven David and Judge Paul Mathias, as leaders of the court’s technology initiatives, by Sept. 1.

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Rep. Ober (R-Albion) represents portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange, Noble and Whitley counties. He serves as the Assist. Majority Whip.