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Substitute House Bill No. 6560

Public Act No. 03-97

AN ACT CONCERNING THE WAIVER OF FEES AND COSTS IN CRIMINAL MATTERS AND THE INDEMNIFICATION OF POLICE OFFICERS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 54-147 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(a) The judges of the Superior Court may establish rules, in addition to those [already] established by statute, for the payment of the expenses of all criminal proceedings or prosecutions, except such expenses as are incurred by the Division of Criminal Justice.

(b) No fee or cost imposed pursuant to any provision of the general statutes on a person who is a defendant or has been convicted in a criminal proceeding or prosecution shall be waived by the court, except as authorized by such provision or for good cause shown.

Sec. 2. Section 53-39a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Whenever, in any prosecution of an officer of the Division of State Police within the Department of Public Safety, or a member of the Office of State Capitol Police or any person appointed under section 29-18 as a special policeman for the State Capitol building and grounds, the Legislative Office Building and parking garage and related structures and facilities, and other areas under the supervision and control of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management, or a local police department for a crime allegedly committed by such officer in the course of his duty as such, the charge is dismissed or the officer found not guilty, such officer shall be indemnified by his employing governmental unit for economic loss sustained by him as a result of such prosecution, including the payment of any legal fees necessarily incurred. Such officer may bring an action in the Superior Court against such employing governmental unit to enforce the provisions of this section.

Approved June 3, 2003