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Grant program working to keep low-level criminals out of prison

Grant program working to keep low-level criminals out of prison

January 25, 2016

The Indiana General Assembly focused on criminal code reform during the 2014 and 2015 legislative sessions. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1006, authored both years by Representative Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, rewrote criminal penalties and sentencing statutes to keep low-level offenders in local communities where they will have better access to mental health and substance abuse treatment, as well as rehabilitation programming. January 1, 2016 is the effective date of the sentencing changes in which the majority of individuals convicted of low-level drug and property crimes will no... [Read the full story]

Features

Indiana welcomes new Judges & Magistrates

Indiana welcomes new Judges & Magistrates

January 25, 2016

After the general elections on November 4, 2014, forty-three new judges took the bench on January 1, 2015, and they were joined by twenty-three newly appointed magistrates. Five of the new sitting judges are from prosecutor positions (two prosecutors and three deputy prosecutors), four were previously magistrates, and one was a juvenile court referee The Indiana General Assembly through House Enrolled Act 1110 also authorized six Indiana counties to appoint new magistrates to their local courts. Those counties and courts are as follows: Clark Circuit to appoint a third full-time... [Read the full story]

Court Technology

Additional Thoughts and Observations on E-Filing

January 25, 2016

E-filing has been a welcome and relatively easily implemented improvement in the way trial courts do business.  It makes us more accessible to the public and it allows us substantial efficiencies in work flow and processing.  Chief Justice Loretta Rush was correct when she noted  in her 2015 State of The Judiciary Address that “e-filing would transform the way Hoosiers interact with the courts.”  I would add that e-filing and the advent of digital files has transformed the way I do my work.  My work is now available for me anytime I sit before a computer screen.  I... [Read the full story]

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Hon. Roger L. Duvall

Hon. Roger L. Duvall

January 25, 2016

Judge Duvall and Granddaughter Claire This is the thirty-fifth of our Court Times articles that highlight up close and personal a member of the Indiana Judiciary. Judge Duvall graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1974 and Chase Law School of Northern Kentucky University in 1978. Judge Duvall went to law school at night while he worked at the law school and the Hamilton County Ohio Domestic Relations Court as a law clerk for Judge Paul George. Following graduation from law school he was in private practice with a small four-person law firm in Cincinnati before moving... [Read the full story]

Family Violence

The Dropout Problem: Part 2

January 25, 2016

What is behind it and what judges can do about it In Part 1 of this article in the September/October issue of Court Times, we considered research on the high victim attrition rate in criminal domestic violence cases, as well as some laws that judges can use to help ensure the integrity of the proceedings. In Part 2, we consider the civil court analogue to this predicament: petitioners who file and then dismiss protection order cases (since most petitioners are female and most respondents are male, this article will use those genders accordingly). First, it is helpful to know... [Read the full story]

Spotlight

Judge Gull awarded for jury innovation work

Judge Gull awarded for jury innovation work

January 25, 2016

Allen Superior Court Judge Frances GullFor the past 10 years, Allen County Superior Court Judge Frances C. Gull has been committed to improving the jury management system in her county. In her efforts to make the jury system more convenient for jurors, Judge Gull helped establish mJuror, a system specifically designed for smart devices that allows jurors to communicate with court administrators (and vice versa) by utilizing QR codes and texting. Due to her dedication to enhancing the juror system in Allen County, Judge Gull has been recognized by many institutions and individuals,... [Read the full story]

Features

Indiana welcomes new Judges & Magistrates

Indiana welcomes new Judges & Magistrates

After the general elections on November 4, 2014, forty-three new judges took the... 


Hamilton County leads statewide court e-filing project

Hamilton County leads statewide court e-filing project

Judge Paul Mathias and Justice Steve David at an e-filing event in Hamilton County. In... 


Indiana Rules of Court: Attorney Temporary Appearances and Limited Representation

Indiana Rules of Court: Attorney Temporary Appearances and Limited Representation

More individuals, primarily for economic reasons, are choosing to represent themselves... 


Public Defender Information System in Marion County

In June 2014, many Marion County criminal justice agencies went live on new software... 


CIP Timeliness Measures help provide timely assistance for children involved in legal matters

CIP Timeliness Measures help provide timely assistance for children involved in legal matters

Courts across Indiana are finding new ways to evaluate and improve outcomes for children... 


2015 ICLEO Class looking to the future

2015 ICLEO Class looking to the future

The 19th convening of the Indiana Conference for Legal Education (ICLEO) Summer... 


$450,000 Awarded to Assist Unrepresented and Limited English Proficiency Litigants

$450,000 Awarded to Assist Unrepresented and Limited English Proficiency Litigants

For the last decade, trial courts across the country have increasingly faced the... 


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Columns

Protecting What You’ve Got: Preserving Knowledge

Protecting What You’ve Got: Preserving Knowledge

Judge Steady, I won the lottery!,” exclaimed Court Reporter Sue Lucky.  Yea for... 


Judge Gull awarded for jury innovation work

Judge Gull awarded for jury innovation work

Allen Superior Court Judge Frances GullFor the past 10 years, Allen County Superior... 


Judge Wentworth receives award of excellence for Pro Bono service

Judge Wentworth receives award of excellence for Pro Bono service

Members of the Indiana Bar Foundation and the Indiana Pro Bono Commission selected... 


Justice David receives national award for work with children

Justice David receives national award for work with children

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steve David speaks to students in Terre Haute in 2014. Indiana... 


Judge Michael G. Gotsch Sr. honored with ISBA Outstanding Judge Award

Judge Michael G. Gotsch Sr. honored with ISBA Outstanding Judge Award

Judge Michael G. Gotsch Sr. St. Joseph Circuit Court Judge Michael G. Gotsch Sr.... 


Hon. Roger L. Duvall

Hon. Roger L. Duvall

Judge Duvall and Granddaughter Claire This is the thirty-fifth of our Court Times... 


Additional Thoughts and Observations on E-Filing

E-filing has been a welcome and relatively easily implemented improvement in the... 


The Dropout Problem: Part 2

What is behind it and what judges can do about it In Part 1 of this article in the... 


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