Avon, IN asked in Criminal Law for Indiana

Q: How do i find court case files of the whole trial and police report

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Burton A. Padove
Burton A. Padove
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  • Highland, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: You can go to the courthouse where the case was heard and have the clerk provide you with the file to look at. You can have copies made for whatever the fee is for doing so. You can also order a transcript of the entire trial from the judge's court reporter for a fee. the police report may be contained in State's Discovery in the court file. good luck.

Gojko Kasich
Gojko Kasich
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  • Hebron, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: If you are the defendant, and you're in Lake or Porter and some of the surrounding counties in NW Indiana, a copy of the police report was given to your attorney of record in discovery. Not certain that it happens in Newton County Superior, but I'm certain it happens in Lake, Porter, Jasper, and last I knew, Newton Circuit.

As far as DOCUMENTS filed for the case, they will be in the Clerk's office that services your Court. For example if you were in the Porter Superior courts in Portage, you'd have to go to that clerk's office. If in Valparaiso, then you'd have to go to the Courthouse there. In Lake County, you have three clerk's offices to choose from, one for major felonies in the Courts Building in Crown Point, one for the county traffic/misdemeanor courts in the Administration Building next to the Courts Building in Crown Point, and if you were in Judge Villalpondo court on Russell Street in Hammond . . . that's where you'll have to co.

As far as TESTIMONY and any oral arguments made on the record, if there was no transcript prepared, you'll have to find out who the court reporter was [the Clerk can probably look at the computerized docket] and you'll have to work out with him/her how much to pay. Figure about 30 to 50 pages of transcript for each hour of court time, and court reporters will charge $4.00 per page. But check with your lawyer to see if there was a transcript, or even part of one, prepared.

I'm getting to this late, but you had 30 days after the sentencing date to appeal under Appellate Rule 9 or file a Motion to Correct Error under Trial Rule 59.

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