May 12, 2015 by Brenda Rodeheffer
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. [...]
May 12, 2015 by Derrick Mason
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 [...]
May 12, 2015 by Angela Joseph
¿Entiende usted que se le está acusando de un delito?
Confused? Can you recognize one or two words?
Indiana courts face new challenges as limited English proficient (LEP) individuals appear before them. As more people from South and Central America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe call Indiana home, an unavoidable result is the increase [...]
May 12, 2015 by Angela Joseph
The gold-standard of interpreting in Indiana courtrooms is to provide LEP individuals with a Certified Interpreter. Certified Interpreters are important because their interpreting skills for court use have been rigorously tested. The friendly helper in the back of the court room who is bilingual in Spanish and English typically does not know all [...]
April 30, 2015 by Elizabeth Daulton
With nearly 1.6 million new cases filed in 2013, Indiana’s trial courts must continually look for new ways to increase efficiency while still providing a high quality of service to litigants and other court participants.
One of these ways is through Indiana’s Court Reform Grant program, funded through federal reimbursements for previously uncollected expenses associated with [...]
February 24, 2015 by Mary L. DePrez
One of the responsibilities of probation officers is to collect body fluid samples from clients to test for the presence of drugs or alcohol when that is a condition of their probation. But did you also know that Indiana law requires officers to collect a DNA sample for persons convicted of a felony? [...]
February 24, 2015 by Editor
Loretta Rush, as the first female Indiana Chief Justice, delivered an historic address on the condition of the courts to a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly.
Highlights of the speech follow, but we invite you to read the entire text and watch the video of the event on the Indiana Courts website at http://courts.in.gov/supreme/2502.htm.
Chief Justice [...]
February 24, 2015 by Hon. David N. Riggins
As a self-proclaimed tech-geek, I have embraced technology in the courtroom wholeheartedly. Recently, I had the opportunity to conduct a traffic infraction trial by video (I will refer to it as a traffic video trial or “TV trial”). Inter-active two-way audio visual equipment in the courtroom isn’t new, courts have been conducting hearings via [...]
February 24, 2015 by Erica Costello
Though many judges have seen elder abuse, not all may fully understand it. Often considered a “hidden” crime, elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, abandonment, neglect, and/or self-neglect. It can also be seen in civil, criminal, probate, family, and mental health proceedings, creating a variety of [...]
February 24, 2015 by Leslie S. Dunn
Honoring “Hometown Heroes” was the theme of the Eighteenth Annual Indiana State GAL/CASA Conference. Sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court’s office of Guardian Ad Litem/Court Appointed Special Advocate (GAL/CASA) the event was held” on October 11 in Indianapolis.
Six hundred CASA volunteers, directors and program staff participated in the conference. The keynote speaker, Noah benShea, [...]