Indiana HB 1284 - Self Defense / by Charles Yeganian

Indiana HB 1284

by Rep. Jim Lucas (R) with Christy Stutzman (R), Ben Smaltz (R)

LEAP Forward Position: Oppose

Self-defense and the defense of others. Provides immunity for a justified use of force in certain instances. Requires a trial court to conduct a pretrial hearing concerning the application of the immunity
when the defendant raises the justified use of force immunity as a defense. Requires a claimant or plaintiff to prove, by clear and convincing evidence, that a claim or action is not prohibited by the justified use of force immunity. Requires a court to dismiss a prohibited claim or action. Requires a court to award, in certain instances, reasonable attorney’s fees and costs to a defendant when the justified use of force immunity is successfully raised. Makes conforming amendments.