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 [...]
While still a subject of some controversy, expungement, the process by which an Indiana citizen can seal past criminal records, has undergone significant revision since its inception. In 2012, Indiana lawmakers enacted legislation popularly known as the “Second Chance Law.” Under the 2012 procedure, only those convicted of misdemeanors and non-violent class D felonies were [...]
July 14, 2015 by Richard T. Payne
Editor’s Note: This report is a condensed version of the legislation enacted in the 2015 session of the Indiana General Assembly and only contains highlights of selected bills. The entire text of any law, as well as any other legislative action, is available at: http://www.iga.in.gov.
SJR 2 Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife – Passed Twice [...]
July 14, 2015 by Editor
The Indiana General Assembly in 2014 recognized the expanding methods we are using to communicate by amending the statute dealing with search and arrest warrants. House Enrolled Act 1009 (Public Law 170-2014) defined electronic communication service as one that provides users with the ability to send or receive wire or electronic communications.
Judges and law enforcement [...]
July 14, 2015 by Taylor Powell
Teachers commonly use field trips to foster learning outside of the classroom. It provides an engaging way for their students to learn. For a Government or American History class, students might take a trip to the local courthouse or city/county building to gain insight into Indiana government. Those trips, while valuable, can be [...]
July 14, 2015 by Erica Costello
When Alice Smith (not her real name, but this is a true story), age 80, first came to the attention of the Lawrence County Guardianship Services Program (LCGSP), she had no money and no place to live. Alice’s daughter and Power of Attorney had cleared out her bank account, sold her house, and moved [...]
The Indiana Supreme Court amended many of Rules of Court that are effective in 2015. This is a summary of these rules.
See all orders amending rules of court handed down in 2015.
Satisfaction/Release of Judgments
Effective July 1, 2015, new Trial Rule 58(D) and amended Small Claims Rule 11(D) provide new identical procedures for the satisfaction/release of [...]
July 14, 2015 by Editor
The Indiana Supreme Court announced the posting of the 2015 Court Reform Grant applications, now available at: courts.in.gov/admin/2420.htm.
During the 2015 Judicial District Meetings, it was apparent trial judges needed help with two issues:
language access to the courts
managing an ever-increasing caseload of unrepresented litigants
In response, the Court will focus the 2015 Court Reform Grant cycle on [...]
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. [...]