Indiana trial court civil case records to debut online March 1

A number of Indiana trial court records will be made available to the public online at no cost beginning March 1 through the state’s case management system, Odyssey, according to a Supreme Court order issued Tuesday.

The order says these records will be made available online in March at for courts that use Odyssey:

  • Payments made on cases;
  • Orders issued in these civil case types: ordinance violation, small claims, civil collection, civil tort, civil plenary, mortgage foreclosure, estate miscellaneous, estate unsupervised, miscellaneous, reciprocal support, and court business. Public access is excluded for orders and judgments in juvenile paternity, domestic relations, estate supervised, trust, and miscellaneous criminal case types.
  • Expungement pleadings and documents, and orders denying expungement petitions.

The availability of records comes after recommendations from the Advisory Task Force on Remote Access to and Privacy of Electronic Court Records that met several times in 2016 and plans several meetings this year to formulate additional records recommendations.

Final judgments and orders in criminal cases will go online on or after Aug. 1, according to the order. Those records included judgments of conviction, sentencing orders, judgments disposing cases, and subsequent modifications in misdemeanor and felony cases.

Attorneys registered with will have access to all documents displayed on the system after May 1, according the order. Attorneys of record will have access to all documents, except sealed filings, for which they are attorney of record on or after Sept. 1.

Parties to cases who register at will have access to all documents except sealed filings on or after Nov. 1, according to the order.

Chief Justice Loretta Rush expressed appreciation to the 21-member task force.

“The diverse group provided thoughtful recommendations to the Supreme Court after examining how to best balance transparency and privacy in today’s electronic world. The Supreme Court is pleased to make financial information and case orders available to the public through our state system.”

The task force next meets from noon-2 p.m. March 10 at the Indiana Government Center South, conference rooms 4 and 5.

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