Effective August 1, 2010
Authorizes the court, prosecutors and law enforcement to furnish copies of documents in CD Rom or DVD Rom disc to the public defender at no charge. When files are provided on CD Rom or DVD Rom disc, the provider shall, upon the request of the public defender, include the software needed to open, view, or play the disc.
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Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 611.271, is amended to read:
611.271 COPIES OF DOCUMENTS; FEES.
The court administrators of courts, the prosecuting attorneys of counties and
municipalities, and the law enforcement agencies of the state and its political subdivisions
shall furnish, upon the request of the district public defender, the state public defender,
or an attorney working for a public defense corporation under section 611.216, copies
of any documents in their possession at no charge to the public defender, including
the following: police reports, photographs, copies of existing grand jury transcripts,
audiotapes, videotapes, audio or video files on CD Rom or DVD Rom disc, copies of
existing transcripts of audiotapes or, videotapes, or audio or video files on CD Rom or
DVD Rom disc and, in child protection cases, reports prepared by local welfare agencies.
When files are provided on CD Rom or DVD Rom disc, the provider shall, upon the
request of the public defender, include the software needed to open, view, or play the disc.
Nothing in this section shall compel production of documents that are not discoverable
under the rules of court, court order, or chapter 13.
Presented to the governor April 12, 2010
Signed by the governor April 15, 2010, 11:57 a.m.