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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
September 17, 2012 by Editor
A formal, public oath ceremony to swear-in Brent E. Dickson as Chief Justice of Indiana took place at 10 a.m.in the North Atrium of the Indiana State House on Monday, August 6th. Governor Mitch Daniels administered the oath while Mrs. Jan Dickson held the same bible that was used by Justice Dickson in his [...]