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Reforms to the Marion County Small Claims Courts

Reforms to the Marion County Small Claims Courts

December 15, 2016

Township judges Kimberly Bacon (Lawrence Twp), Robert Spear (Perry), Myron Hockman (Decatur), Garland Graves (Warren), John Kitley Jr. (Franklin), Steven Poore (Washington), Gerald Coleman (Wayne), Douglas Stephens (Pike), and Brenda Roper (Center) during an October meeting in Lawrence. On July 18, 2011, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal that criticized the operations of the nine township small claims courts in Marion County. The paper launched several additional stories covering litigant complaints of forum shopping, exorbitant attorney’s fees, and other unfair... [Read the full story]

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Reforms to the Marion County Small Claims Courts

Reforms to the Marion County Small Claims Courts

December 15, 2016

Township judges Kimberly Bacon (Lawrence Twp), Robert Spear (Perry), Myron Hockman (Decatur), Garland Graves (Warren), John Kitley Jr. (Franklin), Steven Poore (Washington), Gerald Coleman (Wayne), Douglas Stephens (Pike), and Brenda Roper (Center) during an October meeting in Lawrence. On July 18, 2011, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal that criticized the operations of the nine township small claims courts in Marion County. The paper launched several additional stories covering litigant complaints of forum shopping, exorbitant attorney’s fees, and other unfair... [Read the full story]

Court Technology

Data Sharing Partnership: NPLEx recording methamphetamine-related felony convictions

December 15, 2016

Legislative Requirement As reported in the Legislative Summary of the March/April 2016 edition of Indiana Court Times, Senate Enrolled Act 161 requires the Division of State Court Administration (“Division”) to report certain methamphetamine-related felony convictions to the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx). The goal is to generate a stop-sale alert to prevent individuals convicted of possessing, dealing or manufacturing methamphetamine from purchasing ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. NPLEx is a real-time electronic logging system used by pharmacies and law enforcement... [Read the full story]

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Hon. John R. Pera

Hon. John R. Pera

December 15, 2016

Judge Pera is pictured with his family. From left to right; son-in-law Andy Kenney, daughter Anna, Judge John Pera, granddaughter Emilia, grandson Drew, daughter Katherine, and son-in-law Brent Przybylski. This is the fortieth of our Court Times articles that highlight up close and personal a member of the Indiana Judiciary. Lake Superior Court Judge John R. Pera is our judge featured in this issue. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University in 1972, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from  Valparaiso University School of Law in 1975. Before assuming the... [Read the full story]

Family Violence

Are you asking the right questions? Intimate Partner Violence and Pet Abuse

Are you asking the right questions? Intimate Partner Violence and Pet Abuse

December 15, 2016

In civil protection order cases or criminal family violence cases, judges and court staff naturally focus on determining appropriate remedies and consequences for the humans involved. They are always the named parties, victims, witnesses, or protected persons. However, it is likely that if the family home is violent, and if companion animals live in that home, the humans are not the only victims. Child abuse, elder abuse, intimate partner abuse, and pet abuse all intersect under the same roof and within the same walls. We all know a pet owner. The American Humane Association... [Read the full story]

Spotlight

Henry County Clerk Debra Walker receives the 2016 Outstanding County Clerk Award

Henry County Clerk Debra Walker receives the 2016 Outstanding County Clerk Award

December 15, 2016

Henry County Clerk Debbie Walker (left) receives the 2016 Outstanding County Clerk Award from Jane Groves, Past President of AIC and Randolph County Treasurer. The Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) announced that Henry County Clerk Debbie Walker received the 2016 Outstanding County Clerk Award. The award recognized her contributions to county government throughout her years of public service. Walker began her career working in the Henry County Commissioner’s office before being elected to serve as Henry County Treasurer, where she served two terms. She was then elected... [Read the full story]

Articles

Reforms to the Marion County Small Claims Courts

Reforms to the Marion County Small Claims Courts

Township judges Kimberly Bacon (Lawrence Twp), Robert Spear (Perry), Myron Hockman... 


2016 ICLEO Class looking to the future

2016 ICLEO Class looking to the future

The 20th convening of the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO)... 


Improvements to the Senior Judge Program

Changes are coming to the Senior Judge Program. On August 10, 2016, the Indiana Supreme... 


Educators attend Teacher Workshop at the State House

Educators attend Teacher Workshop at the State House

Chief Justice Loretta Rush speaks to attendees of the Teacher Workshop at the Indiana... 


50 Big Ideas to Improve Indiana

In December 2011, former Governor Mitch Daniels appointed a 15-member bicentennial... 


Improving Juvenile Access to Justice

October was National Youth Justice Awareness Month. Even though juvenile arrests... 


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Henry County Clerk Debra Walker receives the 2016 Outstanding County Clerk Award

Henry County Clerk Debra Walker receives the 2016 Outstanding County Clerk Award

Henry County Clerk Debbie Walker (left) receives the 2016 Outstanding County Clerk... 


Judge Mary G. Willis recognized for 25 years in the practice of law at ISBA award luncheon

Judge Mary G. Willis recognized for 25 years in the practice of law at ISBA award luncheon

Mary G. Willis, the newly appointed Chief Administrative Officer for the Indiana... 


Data Sharing Partnership: NPLEx recording methamphetamine-related felony convictions

Legislative Requirement As reported in the Legislative Summary of the March/April... 


Lilia Judson retires after nearly 40 years of service

Lilia Judson retires after nearly 40 years of service

Justice Robert Rucker presents Judson with a Supreme Court certificate during her... 


Harassment in the Workplace

A significant employee-related development this year was a study of harassment and... 


Hon. John R. Pera

Hon. John R. Pera

Judge Pera is pictured with his family. From left to right; son-in-law Andy Kenney,... 


Are you asking the right questions? Intimate Partner Violence and Pet Abuse

Are you asking the right questions? Intimate Partner Violence and Pet Abuse

In civil protection order cases or criminal family violence cases, judges and court... 


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