September 17, 2012 by Elizabeth Daulton ·
The recurring problems in the Marion County Small Claims court system came to light on a national stage last July, when the Wall Street Journal published a lengthy report detailing pervasive problems in the Marion County Small Claims Courts. Titled “In Debt Collection, Location Matters,” this article alleged that high-volume filers receive preferential treatment and [...]
October 31, 2011 by Elizabeth Daulton ·
On a sunny day in downtown Madison, just two years after a fire nearly destroyed the historic Jefferson County Courthouse, a group of dignitaries, veterans, first responders, media, and local residents gathered to witness the courthouse rededication ceremony.
“The courthouse has been restored to its rightful place as the center of law and government,” remarked Jefferson [...]
February 21, 2011 by Elizabeth Daulton ·
The economic downturn and the fiscal challenges facing the public sector have left little room in county budgets for court reorganization, innovation and improvement projects. The Supreme Court’s Court Reform Grant Program, first launched in 2008, continues to help courts innovate and improve their administration.
In late summer 2010, the Indiana Supreme Court awarded more than [...]
January 31, 2011 by Elizabeth Daulton ·
Robo-Signing and Settlement Conferences Among Issues Addressed in Recently Published Best Practices Guide
In mid-October 2010, media swarmed with news that some of the country’s largest mortgage lenders had engaged in the “robo-signing” of foreclosure documents. Several employees of national lenders such as Chase and Wells Fargo admitted to signing as many as 10,000 documents [...]
May 5, 2010 by Elizabeth Daulton ·
Mortgage Foreclosure Project Update—
Indiana’s mortgage foreclosure rate is among the highest in the country, largely due to the decline of the automotive and manufacturing industries. In 2008, the state saw 45,394 foreclosures—a more than 50 percent increase since 2003. In January 2009, Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard addressed this crisis, vowing to train more professionals [...]