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Employee Medical Leave Rights: It’s Complicated

Employee Medical Leave Rights: It’s Complicated

May 12, 2015

Once upon a time, the employer determined medical leave. Whether an employee had the ability to stay home when ill without risk of termination depended on the boss. After a nine-year legislative battle, in 1993 Congress enacted the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). For many workers, FMLA proved to be a great boon. Parents with newborns don’t have to negotiate for leaves of absence of less than twelve weeks. An ill employee who has to be off weeks from work has at least the solace of knowing the job will be preserved. On the other hand, compliance with the law can... [Read the full story]

Features

Indiana Public Defender Commission: Providing Legal Counsel for the Indigent

Indiana Public Defender Commission: Providing Legal Counsel for the Indigent

May 12, 2015

Criminal and juvenile cases now constitute almost half of all cases filed in Indiana (excluding infractions). Criminal and juvenile cases require the court-appointment of counsel if the defendant is indigent. When this occurs, judges must select from a relatively small pool of attorneys who are potentially eligible for appointment. Fifty-five of Indiana’s ninety-two counties have joined the state-funded public defender system and committed to caseload maximums, pay parity with the county prosecutor’s office for salaried public defenders, or minimum pay standards for hourly... [Read the full story]

Family Violence

Teen dating abuse: What you need to know

Teen dating abuse: What you need to know

May 12, 2015

The words “teen dating” usually bring to mind awkward silences, shy smiles, and high school proms. But for some adolescents and teens, dating also involves behaviors that the court system would recognize as stalking, battering, or worse. Research into teen dating violence is ongoing—the National Institute of Justice is currently sponsoring a very large study in cooperation with the independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago. That study, the National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence (STRiV), launched in August of 2013. In studies... [Read the full story]

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Hon. William C. Fee

Hon. William C. Fee

May 12, 2015

This is the thirty-second of our Court Times articles that highlight up close and personal a member of the Indiana Judiciary. Steuben Superior Court Judge William C. Fee is our judge featured in this issue. He grew up in Angola in Steuben County and went to Purdue University, graduating in 1977. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1980. He was elected to the bench in 1984 and has been reelected five times. Judge Fee has worked on many projects to improve the administration of justice, including serving as co-chair of a Supreme Court task force... [Read the full story]

Court Technology

Odyssey Courts Importing Data into ICOR

May 12, 2015

The Division of State Court Administration (Division) Court Technology staff reports another breakthrough in reporting quarterly statistics. Indiana trial courts may now utilize Odyssey—the statewide case management system—to create, complete and file these reports. Long gone are the days of completing quarterly court statistics on paper and mailing that information to the Division. Court Technology staff developed an online submission platform, built in 2006, that allowed courts to submit their quarterly reports through their computers using ICOR (Indiana Courts Online... [Read the full story]

Spotlight

Judge Valeri Haughton-Motley receives Bloomington Woman of the Year Award

Judge Valeri Haughton-Motley receives Bloomington Woman of the Year Award

May 12, 2015

Judge Valeri Haughton-Motley Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan announced that Judge Valeri Haughton-Motley was named Bloomington’s Woman of the Year. She was honored during Women’s History Month for her outstanding service to the community. Judge Haughton-Motley was selected by members of the Woman of the Year Subcommittee of the City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Women. Judge Haughton-Motley as the Woman of the Year, and two Lifetime Contribution Award recipients, were honored at the Women’s History Month Luncheon held on March 25th. She has been the presiding... [Read the full story]

Features

Indiana Public Defender Commission: Providing Legal Counsel for the Indigent

Indiana Public Defender Commission: Providing Legal Counsel for the Indigent

Criminal and juvenile cases now constitute almost half of all cases filed in Indiana... 


Indiana’s Court Interpreter Program: Providing Fair & Open Access to Everyone

Indiana’s Court Interpreter Program: Providing Fair & Open Access to Everyone

¿Entiende usted que se le está acusando de un delito? Confused? Can you recognize... 


Limited English Proficient Individuals: Access to Courts Through Qualified Interpreters

The gold-standard of interpreting in Indiana courtrooms is to provide LEP individuals... 


2014 Reform Grants

With nearly 1.6 million new cases filed in 2013, Indiana’s trial courts must continually... 


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Columns

Employee Medical Leave Rights: It’s Complicated

Employee Medical Leave Rights: It’s Complicated

Once upon a time, the employer determined medical leave. Whether an employee had... 


Teen dating abuse: What you need to know

Teen dating abuse: What you need to know

The words “teen dating” usually bring to mind awkward silences, shy smiles, and... 


Hon. William C. Fee

Hon. William C. Fee

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


Judge Valeri Haughton-Motley receives Bloomington Woman of the Year Award

Judge Valeri Haughton-Motley receives Bloomington Woman of the Year Award

Judge Valeri Haughton-Motley Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan announced that Judge Valeri... 


Odyssey Courts Importing Data into ICOR

The Division of State Court Administration (Division) Court Technology staff reports... 


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