Office of Judicial Administration

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard SB 238 on the Office of Judicial Administration, authored by Sen. Bray. The bill does the following:

  • changes all references to the Division of State Court Administration and the Judicial Center to the Office of Judicial administration
  • changes all references to the executive director of the Division of State Court Administration and the Judicial Center to chief administrative officer of the office of judicial administration
  • makes various changes to laws governing courts and court officers, including laws concerning evening court sessions, magistrate judges, specialized driving privileges, temporary guardianships, judicial conference membership, and senior judge compensation
  • repeals the law describing the Division of State Court Administration
  • repeals the law setting forth the duties of Division of State Court Administration
  • repeals the law requiring the Judicial Center to maintain a roster of in-state facilities to provide child services in a residential setting

The bill was amended by consent to make a technical correction and remove the section that increases the per diem payable to a senior judge. The chair stated that the per diem provision was removed because of the appropriations process and he will work with the House on the per diem section to put the provision back in during House committee stage since it will be covered within the Court budget.  Judge Mary Willis, Chief Administrative Officer for the Office of Judicial Administration testified in support of the bill. The bill was amended by majority vote to allow one extension of a temporary guardianship.  The amended bill passed 9-0.

Read the bill at http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2018/bills/senate/238