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Second Chances: Indiana’s Evolving Expungement Law

Second Chances: Indiana’s Evolving Expungement Law

July 14, 2015

While still a subject of some controversy, expungement, the process by which an Indiana citizen can seal past criminal records, has undergone significant revision since its inception. In 2012, Indiana lawmakers enacted legislation popularly known as the “Second Chance Law.” Under the 2012 procedure, only those convicted of misdemeanors and non-violent class D felonies were eligible, and the remedy resulted in an order to non-law enforcement agencies prohibiting disclosure of the criminal records. In 2013, the General Assembly repealed the original provisions and replaced... [Read the full story]

Features

2015 Legislative Review

2015 Legislative Review

July 14, 2015

Editor’s Note: This report is a condensed version of the legislation enacted in the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly and only contains highlights of selected bills. The entire text of any law, as well as any other legislative action, is available at: http://www.iga.in.gov. Constitutional Amendments SJR 2 Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife – Passed Twice and Goes to Voters Hunting and fishing are the preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife; and the people have a right, including the use of traditional methods, to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife,... [Read the full story]

Court Technology

Electronic Filing Begins in Indiana’s Courts

Electronic Filing Begins in Indiana’s Courts

July 14, 2015

In her first State of the Judiciary address earlier this year, Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush announced that Indiana courts would begin to offer Electronic Filing (“e-filing”) in 2015 and that “e-filing would transform the way Hoosiers interact with the courts.” With e-filing, two centuries of paper filings will be ending. “Using this technology, our courts will be more efficient and better able to administer justice without delay,” according to Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson. The Indiana Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration... [Read the full story]

Sidebar

Hon. Stephen R. Heimann

Hon. Stephen R. Heimann

July 14, 2015

This is the thirty-third of our Court Times articles that highlight up close and personal a member of the Indiana Judiciary. Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Stephen R. Heimann is our judge featured in this issue. Judge Heimann graduated from Wabash College in 1977 and Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis in 1980. While in law school, he clerked at Ice, Miller, Donadio, & Ryan, interned for federal district court Judge Cale Holder, and worked for the Marion County Public Defender. Following law school he and his wife, Ann, moved to Columbus. He... [Read the full story]

Family Violence

Firearms & Protection Orders: Considering Surrender

July 14, 2015

Ordering respondents to surrender firearms is not always easy for courts—it can mean more work for staff, extra hearings to ensure compliance, and negotiations with local law enforcement about storing the weapons and ammunition. But the power to order surrender of firearms as part of issuing a protection order is a vital means of reducing lethality in family violence cases. Consider this: protection order laws are primarily designed to deal with situations involving threats of violence, property damage, or physical injury—states’ protection order statutes provide injunctive... [Read the full story]

Spotlight

Indiana Civic Health Index/Second Edition

Indiana Civic Health Index/Second Edition

July 14, 2015

The Indiana Civic Health Index is the result of a partnership among the following entities: Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Bar Foundation, Indiana University Northwest, IU Center for Civic Literacy, The Center on Congress, and the National Conference on Citizenship. The foreword is by former Chief Justice, Randall T. Shepard, and former U.S. Representative and current Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University, Lee H. Hamilton. According to the Civic Health Index, “A look at our civic health is a look at our public life – how we interact with one another, with... [Read the full story]

Features

2015 Legislative Review

2015 Legislative Review

Editor’s Note: This report is a condensed version of the legislation enacted in... 


Electronic Communications and Search and Arrest Warrants

Electronic Communications and Search and Arrest Warrants

The Indiana General Assembly in 2014 recognized the expanding methods we are using... 


When Classroom Meets Courtroom: Oral arguments on the road

When Classroom Meets Courtroom: Oral arguments on the road

Teachers commonly use field trips to foster learning outside of the classroom. It... 


A Helping Hand: Volunteer Advocates for Seniors or Incapacitated Adults

A Helping Hand: Volunteer Advocates for Seniors or Incapacitated Adults

When Alice Smith (not her real name, but this is a true story), age 80, first came... 


Indiana Rules of Court 2015 Update

The Indiana Supreme Court amended many of Rules of Court that are effective in 2015.... 


2015 Court Reform Grant Applications

The Indiana Supreme Court announced the posting of the 2015 Court Reform Grant applications,... 


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Columns

Electronic Filing Begins in Indiana’s Courts

Electronic Filing Begins in Indiana’s Courts

In her first State of the Judiciary address earlier this year, Indiana Supreme Court... 


Hon. Stephen R. Heimann

Hon. Stephen R. Heimann

This is the thirty-third of our Court Times articles that highlight up close and... 


Time to Ask for Help

Time to Ask for Help

When a tea kettle whistles from mounting pressure, we all know to take the kettle... 


Indiana Civic Health Index/Second Edition

Indiana Civic Health Index/Second Edition

The Indiana Civic Health Index is the result of a partnership among the following... 


Firearms & Protection Orders: Considering Surrender

Ordering respondents to surrender firearms is not always easy for courts—it can... 


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