Assembly Republican Press Release -
Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande to exempt crime victims from paying for government reports relating to the incident was signed into law by Governor Christie today.
“It was just adding insult to injury when a crime victim was told they had to reach into their pockets to pay for a police report or a copy of a restraining order,” said Casagrande, R-Monmouth. “Fortunately, today we have ended that insensitive practice, and an injured party will no longer be responsible for paying for important paperwork that is relevant to their case.”
Under the new law, crime victims will no longer have to pay to obtain pertinent records, and record requests will no longer be classified as a public record. Casagrande’s bill, A-1676/S-1524, passed the Assembly, 77-0-1, and the Senate, 38-0.
“We should be giving victims of crime in New Jersey our support. We shouldn’t be handing them a bill that needs to be paid,” said Casagrande.