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Senate Bill 0518


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Senate Bill 0518

ARCHIVE (2001)

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DIGEST OF SB 518 (Updated April 29, 2001 6:33 PM - DI 51)

Protection orders and court costs. Eliminates prepayment of filing fees and witness fees for proceedings filed solely to: (1) obtain a protective order to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault; or (2) enforce a foreign protection order. Establishes a late payment fee for the late payment of fines, civil penalties, and costs. Permits a county council to adopt an ordinance providing that 40% of late payment fees collected by the clerk of the circuit court are to be deposited in the clerk's record perpetuation fund, and 60% of the late payment fees are to be deposited in the county general fund. Establishes a sexual assault victims assistance fund to provide assistance to rape crisis centers. Establishes a sexual assault victims assistance court fee to fund the sexual assault victims assistance fund. Eliminates the power of the Marion County small claims court, which is not a court of record, to issue protective orders. Requires the clerk to provide the respondent in a protective order proceeding with a copy of the petition that excludes confidential information. Provides that a protective order is not nullified by an act of the protected person that is inconsistent with the order. Allows an employer to bring an action for a protective order to protect an employee. Provides for the registration and enforcement in Indiana of foreign protection orders issued by another state or an Indian tribe. Provides that when the court clerk sends a summons to the respondent in a protective order case, the clerk must send a copy of the petition that excludes information required to be kept confidential to the respondent. Grants immunity to a governmental entity or employee, including a law enforcement officer, that registers or enforces a protective order in good faith without malice. Expands the types of protective orders to which the crime of stalking applies. Provides that violation of a protective order issued by an Indian tribe or other related tribal government constitutes invasion of privacy.
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