Justices order state courts to adopt security plans 

Changes have been made to Indiana’s court security rules, adding new language that addresses individual court security plans.

Amendments to Administrative Rule 19 direct the courts of each county to develop and implement a court security plan to ensure security in court facilities. The plans should include a continuity of operations plan.

“The courts of each county shall implement a single court security plan, but consider the needs for each court facility within that county,” the Sept. 4 order states. Plans should also conform to the Indiana Courthouse Security Minimum Standards, Administrative Rule 19, unanimously adopted by the Judicial Conference of Indiana.

Additionally, the courts of each county will must also submit their court security plan to the Indiana Office of Court Services biennially. Court security plans, including any security policy and procedures manual adopted as part of the security plan, are directed to be excluded from public access pursuant to Administrative Rule 9(G) to ensure court facility security.

Supreme Court justices unanimously agreed upon the changes, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.

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