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611.272 ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT DATA.
The district public defender, the state public defender, or an attorney working for a public
defense corporation under section 611.216 has access to the criminal justice data communications
network described in section 299C.46, as provided in this section. Access to data under this
section is limited to data necessary to prepare criminal cases in which the public defender has
been appointed as follows:
(1) access to data about witnesses in a criminal case shall be limited to records of criminal
convictions; and
(2) access to data regarding the public defender's own client which includes, but is not
limited to, criminal history data under section 13.87; juvenile offender data under section
299C.095; warrant information data under section 299C.115; incarceration data under section
299C.14; conditional release data under section 299C.147; and diversion program data under
section 299C.46, subdivision 5.
The public defender has access to data under this section, whether accessed via CriMNet or other
methods. The public defender does not have access to law enforcement active investigative
data under section 13.82, subdivision 7; data protected under section 13.82, subdivision 17;
confidential arrest warrant indices data under section 13.82, subdivision 19; or data systems
maintained by a prosecuting attorney. The public defender has access to the data at no charge,
except for the monthly network access charge under section 299C.46, subdivision 3, paragraph (b),
and a reasonable installation charge for a terminal. Notwithstanding section 13.87, subdivision 3;
299C.46, subdivision 3, paragraph (b); 299C.48, or any other law to the contrary, there shall be no
charge to public defenders for Internet access to the criminal justice data communications network.
History: 1999 c 227 s 22; 2000 c 377 s 5; 1Sp2001 c 8 art 5 s 11; 1Sp2003 c 2 art 3 s
8; 2005 c 136 art 14 s 15