Courts will have until the end of this year to file abstracts of judgment of felony convictions for people not sentenced to the Department of Correction, according to an order issued June 28 by the Indiana Supreme Court.
The court’s order revises its May 12 amendment to Criminal Rule 15.2 that took effect July 1. The amendment requires courts upon sentencing for a felony conviction to file an abstract of judgment in electronic format to the Division of State Court Administration.
The order grants more time to comply in certain situations.
“Recognizing that practical difficulties have arisen making it challenging for courts to comply by July 1, 2012, with the electronic Abstract of Judgment requirement for those defendants with felony convictions that are not being committed to the Indiana Department of Correction, the Court by this order directs trial courts to make all best efforts to comply as soon as practicable for those defendants, but no later than December 31, 2012,” the order says.
Courts still are required to comply with the amendment for felons committed to DOC.
The notice was forwarded to each Circuit court, a host of state agencies, councils representing prosecutors and defense attorneys, and the state’s law school libraries.