Editorial: Death certificates vital public records

Recently, the Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments about whether death certificates are public records and whether the public should be able to obtain the information from county health departments.

The case involved the lawsuit Evansville Courier & Press and Rita Ward v. Vanderburgh County Health Department.

The newspaper and Ward, a Pike County resident, asked the Vanderburgh County Health Department to give them access to death certificates. When their requests were denied, they alleged a violation of the Access to Public Records Act. In the lawsuit, originally filed in 2012, they asked the court to order that the records be released.

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