May 6, 2013 by Mary L. DePrez
Each year, millions of dollars in fines and courts costs charged to defendants in Indiana’s courts go unpaid, often leaving courts and clerks with little recourse for collecting those debts. Some people simply forget that they got that speeding ticket; others cannot come up with the money to pay that fine on time; and [...]
May 6, 2013 by Elana Salzman
“The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”
The same can be said of our courts, particularly those that deal with children in abuse or neglect cases.
Juvenile courts handling termination of parental rights (TPR) and Children in Need of Services (CHINS) cases are faced daily with the dilemma [...]
May 6, 2013 by Jeffrey Bercovitz
In the first comprehensive revision since their adoption, the Indiana Supreme Court recently amended Indiana’s Parenting Time Guidelines (Guidelines). The Guidelines, which were first effective March 31, 2001, were revised in 2008 concerning parental relocation. The new Guidelines became effective March 1, 2013.
Preparation of Parenting Time Guideline revisions
The Guidelines are a product of the [...]
May 6, 2013 by Editor
The Indiana Supreme Court is interested in obtaining comments from judges, attorneys and the general public as it considers changes to the following Rules of Court:
Waiver of Counsel by Juveniles:
new rule dealing with procedure before a child can say he does not want an attorney
allow certain electronic transcripts to be filed on appeal
May 6, 2013 by Sarah Kidwell
OnTuesday, February 19, 2013, members of the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) Leadership Development Academy (LDA) joined several members of the Indiana Supreme Court over lunch at the State House in Indianapolis.
The Leadership Development Academy is a statewide leadership program established by the ISBA to help develop and empower young lawyers to become leaders in [...]
May 6, 2013 by Dr. Elizabeth Osborn
In 2012 more than 1.5 million cases were filed in Indiana courts. All of those cases, one way or another, passed through the hands of court staff in one of Indiana’s 92 county court systems. Very few find their way to the appellate courts in Indianapolis, but just what does happen to them [...]
May 6, 2013 by Kathryn Dolan
When St. Joseph Circuit Court Judge Michael Gotsch recently welcomed members of the press into his courtroom, he said: “Come sit in the jury box, take the best seats in the room.” Judge Gotsch and Court Administrator Lisa Plencner organized an orientation for the press at the request of the local Law & Media [...]
May 6, 2013 by Camille T. Wiggins
Nearly ten percent of Indiana’s 6.5 million residents speak a language other than English.
Many judges indicate that they have seen an increase in the number of individuals in their courts that are of limited English proficiency (LEP). Languages such as Spanish, Mandarin, Burmese, Laotian, Cambodian, Polish, Turkish, and Gujarati, are heard in our courts [...]
May 6, 2013 by Hon. Marianne Vorhees
The District Plans are in! All twenty-six administrative districts submitted their plans to the Indiana Judicial Center and State Court Administration, and the Judicial Conference Board accepted the plans during the March board meeting.
In Administrative Rule 3, the Supreme Court divided the State into twenty-six administrative districts and directed the Indiana Judicial Conference Board [...]
March 5, 2013 by Martin DeAgostino
The Autobiography of Clementine B. Barthold: She Did It Her Way
You might call retired Judge Clementine “Tiny” Barthold a late bloomer. She graduated from law school at 59, was elected judge of Clark Superior Court at 61, and published her autobiography last year at the age of 91.
But you would never call her retiring.
She was the [...]