Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Celebrating the Bicentennial

Celebrating the Bicentennial

June 23, 2016 by Kathryn Dolan

Indiana Supreme Court returns to original Courtroom in Corydon as part of 2016 Bicentennial Celebration
The Supreme Court is committed to providing an opportunity for students to learn about the courts even if they cannot attend oral argument at the State House. Since 1994 the Court has held more than forty traveling oral arguments. The arguments [...]

CASA Strong

CASA Strong

April 26, 2016 by Leslie Dunn, ESQ. , Patrick McCauley

Leaders, volunteers turn out for CASA Day at the State House
A sea of about 350 volunteers in matching blue shirts filled the North Atrium of the State House on March 7, for CASA Day, an annual rally that connects CASA volunteers with lawmakers.
Governor Mike Pence and Chief Justice Loretta Rush made remarks to an impassioned [...]

When Stars Align

When Stars Align

February 25, 2016 by Hon. Charles F. Pratt , Hon. Mary Willis

For many years, those working in the juvenile justice system have been concerned with the children that are involved with, and have needs in, both the juvenile delinquency and child welfare systems.
Juvenile judges, juvenile probation officers and Department of Child Services’ case managers have lamented for years the imaginary firewall that existed between juvenile probation [...]

Grant program working to keep low-level criminals out of prison

Grant program working to keep low-level criminals out of prison

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, [...]

Yes Virginia, Judges can be Santa Claus

Yes Virginia, Judges can be Santa Claus

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.
Sincerely,
Virginia, Director of Charity Y
Ah, the holidays – ‘tis the [...]

Second Chances: Indiana’s Evolving Expungement Law

Second Chances: Indiana’s Evolving Expungement Law

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 [...]

Employee Medical Leave Rights: It’s Complicated

Employee Medical Leave Rights: It’s Complicated

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. [...]

One and Done: How INcite is reducing redundant DNA collection

One and Done: How INcite is reducing redundant DNA collection

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? [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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