Thursday, October 23, 2014

All Courts Shall Be Open

All Courts Shall Be Open

October 3, 2014 by Kathryn Dolan

Continued emphasis on fair and impartial justice as Dickson transfers leadership to Rush
On June 11, 2014, Brent E. Dickson announced he would step down as Chief Justice of Indiana before September first and continue serving as an Associate Justice on the five-member Supreme Court. When Dickson informed the Judicial Nominating Commission of his plans, [...]

Ready to Retire? Upcoming changes to medical benefits may affect your timing

Ready to Retire? Upcoming changes to medical benefits may affect your timing

October 3, 2014 by Fenton Strickland

Have you checked the balance in your retirement medical benefits account recently? Never heard of it? You are not alone. But now may be a good time to become familiar with it, especially if you are nearing retirement. Certain provisions in the retirement medical benefits statute expire in 2017, and state [...]

Indiana Judges Present Guardianship Registry to World Congress on Adult Guardianship

October 3, 2014 by Erica Costello

Our nation’s Capital was the stage for Indiana judges to tell a world gathering of leaders in the adult guardianship arena about Indiana’s cutting edge contribution to the cause.
On May 30, 2014, a speaking delegation from Indiana, led by Fountain Circuit Court Judge Susan Orr Henderson and Lake Superior Court Judge Diane Kavadias Schneider, presented [...]

State Board of Accounts and County Clerk Conference

October 3, 2014 by Editor

Two leaders of the Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration (Division) shared updates about trial court technology and revisions to the expungement statute with about two hundred ninety Circuit Court Clerks and clerk staff at the State Board of Accounts’ County Clerks Conference.
Mary DePrez, Director and Counsel for Trial Court Technology, and Jeff Wiese, [...]

EDITORIAL: Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators respond to “Guilty and Charged”

Editor’s Note: The following editorial was published by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and reprinted here with permission from the NCSC, the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA).
Williamsburg, VA (May 22, 2014) — National Public Radio’s series “Guilty and Charged,” on the harmful impact that court [...]

Civics Workshop for Teachers

Civics Workshop for Teachers

June 26, 2014 by Dr. Elizabeth Osborn

Surveys, talk show hosts and the nightly news remind us that American students are woefully uninformed about even the most basic functions of our government. While no one group or organization can solve this problem on its own, the Indiana Supreme Court—through its “Courts in the Classroom” (CITC) outreach project—is doing its part by [...]

Sealing Court Records: The How and the Why (Not)

Sealing Court Records: The How and the Why (Not)

June 26, 2014 by Ruth Reichard

Some cases are embarrassing for the parties involved—with free, easy public access to many court records via the Internet, some people rue the day they ever decided to go to the courthouse and file a case.
For a variety of reasons, the parties would rather their employers, in-laws, landlords, or bank loan officers were oblivious to [...]

2014 Legislative Review

2014 Legislative Review

June 26, 2014 by Editor

Editor’s Note: This report is a condensed version of the full report prepared by the Indiana Judicial Center (IJC) and only contains highlights of selected bills.
The IJC legislative report that contains summaries of all bills of interest passed in the 2014 session can be can be found at: http://indianacourts.us/blogs/legislative. The entire text of any [...]

Designating Criminal Cases after July 1, 2014

June 26, 2014 by Editor

New case types are coming when the Criminal Code Revision Act (H.E.A.1006) becomes effective on July 1, 2014 and the court reporting forms have been modified to accommodate the changes. You can preview the new QCSR form at: http://www.in.gov/judiciary/admin/files/courtmgmt-frm-court-2014-qcsr.pdf
On April 23, 2014, the Court approved the following case types to be used for felonies committed [...]

Improved but not perfect: Marion County Small Claims Courts two years later

June 26, 2014 by Elizabeth Daulton

In May 2012, the Marion County Small Claims Courts Task Force (“Task Force”) issued a report describing serious problems in the management and procedures of the county’s nine small claims courts. This report recommended a number of reform efforts—some of which could be accomplished by local court rule, and others which required legislative action. Before [...]

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