Judicial Technology and Automation Committee
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste. 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Director and Counsel for Trial Court Technology
In the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting tragedy on April 16, 2007, Congress passed the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (“The Act”). The Act gives states greater incentives to submit records to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding individuals who are prohibited from purchasing firearms. Indiana judges and clerks now have the ability to electronically send information to the FBI about individuals who may be prohibited from possessing a firearm. The ultimate goal is to make this information available to other states.
A new Indiana law requiring the courts to electronically provide the mental health data to the FBI was enacted July 1, 2009. Public Law 110-2009 requires the Indiana Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration to establish and administer an electronic system for receiving information that relates to certain individuals who may be prohibited from possessing a firearm. It also requires the Division to transmit the information to the FBI so it can be included in the federal NICS.
JTAC developed the technology for Indiana trial courts to notify the Division of State Court Administration about individuals who fall under six categories that make them ineligible to possess a firearm. The categories are legally defined by Indiana code, but generally include the following individuals:
Using INcite, the Court enters the case number, name of the individual to be reported, at least one numeric identifier, and any other identifying characteristics they may have into the Mental Health Adjudication application. No medical information is included.
An electronic record of the information is created and transmitted to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. NICS extracts their data from the NCIC database.
Licensed dealers are required by law to notify NICS when any individual attempts to purchase a firearm. If the individual has been reported to NICS by the Mental Health Adjudication application, the purchase will be denied.
For more information, contact LaJuan Epperson at firstname.lastname@example.org, 317.234.2870 or (toll free) 888.275.5822.