January 25, 2016 by Yolanda Collins
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
In 2014, the Indiana Supreme Court announced the implementation of statewide e-filing, which will reduce paper copies, postage and trips to the clerk’s office. With strong support from the legislative and executive branches, attorneys, clerks, judges and staff—the path to e-filing is underway with plans for statewide implementation by the end of 2018.
The implementation of [...]
More individuals, primarily for economic reasons, are choosing to represent themselves in court proceedings, which is creating a strain on court staff and judges. Many times these unrepresented litigants find they are in over their head and look for help from the private bar, or pro bono lawyers.
When this happened in the past, lawyers faced [...]
January 25, 2016 by Larry Landis
In June 2014, many Marion County criminal justice agencies went live on new software applications, as the county’s legacy JUSTIS main-frame case management system was decommissioned. This held true for the Marion County Public Defender Agency (MCPDA), which went live on the state-provided Public Defender Information System (PDIS). PDIS is a web-based case management system [...]
January 25, 2016 by Matthew K. Hagenbush
Courts across Indiana are finding new ways to evaluate and improve outcomes for children in their counties through the use of a new application on INcite, CIP Timeliness Measures. The application was created through funding from the Court Improvement Program (CIP).
The Court Improvement Program is a federal grant program administered by the United States Department [...]
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The 19th convening of the Indiana Conference for Legal Education (ICLEO) Summer Institute took place at Notre Dame Law School, June 4 – July 17, 2015.
Since the establishment of ICLEO in 1997 by then Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, 520 students have participated in the Summer Institute which is hosted each summer by an Indiana [...]
January 25, 2016 by Jennifer Bauer
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, [...]
January 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Daulton
For the last decade, trial courts across the country have increasingly faced the tough legal, logistical, and ethical dilemmas that often accompany cases involving unrepresented litigants (URLs). Without sufficient knowledge of court processes and procedures, URLs may miss important deadlines or fail to take key actions associated with the handling of their case. Judges and [...]
November 20, 2015 by Adrienne Meiring
Dear Ms. Meiring,
With the holiday season approaching, Charity Y would like to know whether it is ethically permissible for our local judge to dress up like Santa Claus and pass out donated presents to the less fortunate kids in the community at our annual holiday party.
Virginia, Director of Charity Y
Ah, the holidays – ‘tis the [...]
“So what does the Community Relations Committee do anyway?”
As chair of the Community Relations Committee, I hear this question on a regular basis. And I’m always happy to let judges know of the important, yet quiet work that is done by the Committee.
One of the primary goals of the Community Relations Committee is to [...]