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Title XXXVIII CRIMES AND PUNISHMENT; PEACE OFFICERS AND PUBLIC DEFENDERS

Chapter 595

Effective - 01 Jan 2017, 2 histories, see footnote bottom

  595.226.  Identifiable information in court records to be redacted, when — access to information permitted, when — disclosure of identifying information regarding defendant, when. — 1.  After August 28, 2007, any information contained in any court record, whether written or published on the internet, including any visual or aural recordings that could be used to identify or locate any victim of an offense under chapter 566 or a victim of domestic assault or stalking shall be closed and redacted from such record prior to disclosure to the public.  Identifying information shall include the name, home or temporary address, telephone number, Social Security number, place of employment, or physical characteristics, including an unobstructed visual image of the victim's face or body.

  2.  If the court determines that a person or entity who is requesting identifying information of a victim has a legitimate interest in obtaining such information, the court may allow access to the information, but only if the court determines that disclosure to the person or entity would not compromise the welfare or safety of such victim, and only after providing reasonable notice to the victim and after allowing the victim the right to respond to such request.  

  3.  Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection 1 of this section, the judge presiding over a case under chapter 566 or a case of domestic assault or stalking shall have the discretion to publicly disclose identifying information regarding the defendant which could be used to identify or locate the victim of the crime.  The victim may provide a statement to the court regarding whether he or she desires such information to remain closed.  When making the decision to disclose such information, the judge shall consider the welfare and safety of the victim and any statement to the court received from the victim regarding the disclosure.  

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(L. 2007 H.B. 583, A.L. 2009 H.B. 177 & H.B. 622, A.L. 2013 H.B. 215, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491, A.L. 2016 H.B. 1562)

Transferred 2014; formerly 566.226; Effective 1-01-17


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