Saturday, October 25, 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, [...]

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 [...]

On Your Mark, Get Set…Go?

On Your Mark, Get Set…Go?

April 25, 2014 by Adrienne Meiring

The Ethics of Judicial Campaigns (part 1 of 2)
A whirlwind of activity, the pulse of adrenaline, and general excitement (and despair) loom in the air—it’s the change of season. Racing, you say? No, it’s judicial campaign season.
With the primary elections approaching, I have received an increasing number of questions about judicial elections [...]

Celebrating Constitution Day

Celebrating Constitution Day

February 7, 2014 by Dr. Elizabeth Osborn

In September, forty-eight judges and one Supreme Court staff attorney visited schools across the state in celebration of Constitution Day. September 17, 2013 marked the 226th anniversary of the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia.
For decades September 17th was noted on calendars as “Citizenship Day,” but rarely received much attention.
That all changed [...]

Juvenile Law: Special Edition – Introduction

Juvenile Law: Special Edition – Introduction

October 28, 2013 by Editor

The Indiana Court Times Editorial Board is pleased to present this special edition on Juvenile Law.
Traditionally, Court Times includes stories and information on a variety of topics, but the Board decided our readers would appreciate a special issue dedicated to how the courts serve children in our state.
There are many exciting initiatives underway designed to [...]

Veteran’s Court: Restorative Justice

Veteran’s Court: Restorative Justice

August 16, 2013 by Hon. Maria D. Granger

The first defendant called on the Initial Hearing docket is a 25-year old, well-mannered and well-groomed, male who stands at attention, but his eye contact is distant and blank. He is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Class D Felony. Service members who run afoul of the law in returning to [...]

Lawmakers Boost Public Defense Funding

Lawmakers Boost Public Defense Funding

June 24, 2013 by Deborah A. Neal , Lilia G. Judson

The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution require that indigent criminal and other defendants be provided adequate legal representation. In Indiana, the fiscal responsibility for this service falls primarily on county governments. In 2012, the total public defense costs in Indiana were in excess of $71 million. Through the state [...]

Reclaiming Revenue: How Odyssey helps counties collect outstanding fines and court costs

Reclaiming Revenue: How Odyssey helps counties collect outstanding fines and court costs

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 [...]

Text for Knowledge

Text for Knowledge

March 5, 2013 by Sarah Kidwell

Allen County launches mobile service for jury duty information
If you are selected as a juror for the Allen Superior Court, and you have a smart phone device, it just got a lot easier to get answers to basic questions such as “Where do I park?” or “How do I get there?”
Under the guidance of Allen [...]

Supreme Stories: Profiles of Indiana’s Newest Supreme Court Justices

Supreme Stories: Profiles of Indiana’s Newest Supreme Court Justices

December 20, 2012 by James F. Maguire

Justice Mark Massa Joins the Indiana Supreme Court
Governor Mitch Daniels named Mark Steven Massa as Indiana’s 107th Indiana Supreme Court Justice.
He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and maintained his residence there until his graduation from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism. Following graduation he worked as a newspaper reporter for the Evansville [...]

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