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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 [...]

2016 Legislative Summary – Indiana General Assembly

2016 Legislative Summary – Indiana General Assembly

April 26, 2016 by

[Editor’s Note: This report is a condensed version of the legislation enacted in the 2016 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.
CIVIL LAW
Foreclosure Mischief
SEA 183, P.L. 32 – 2016
Effective: July 1, 2016
Amends the [...]

CCJ and COSCA form National Task Force on fines, fees and bail practices

April 26, 2016 by

The Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) formed the National Task Force on Fines, Fees and Bail Practices early this year to address the ongoing impact of court fines, fees and bail pretrial practices on communities across the United States.
The Task Force will address the impact of these [...]

Indiana Supreme Court Committee to study evidence-based Pretrial Release

April 26, 2016 by Diane Mains

The Supreme Court Committee to Study Evidence-Based Pretrial Release (hereinafter “Committee”) was tasked with the development and implementation of one or more pilot projects to assess the feasibility, efficacy, economics and methodologies of establishing an evidence-based system for pretrial release decisions in Indiana.
See Supreme Court Cause No. 94S00-1312-MS-909 and No. 94S00-1412-MS-757 (issued December 22, [...]

Judicial Candidate eSchool

Judicial Candidate eSchool

April 26, 2016 by Julie McDonald

The Indiana Judicial Center, with technical support from the National Center for State Courts, has developed a Judicial Candidate eSchool for the 2016 election cycle.
The goal of this program is to provide information on the ethical and legal requirements to which candidates for judicial office are subject during the election process.
Similar programs have been offered [...]

Indiana Project on Abuse in Later Life

Indiana Project on Abuse in Later Life

April 26, 2016 by Erica Costello

Juanita Davis, Program Manager with the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL), presents on elder abuse at the INPALL Kickoff.

Kicking off in St. Joseph County
In 2014, the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) awarded the Indiana Supreme Court a highly competitive $339,000 grant.
The Indiana Project on Abuse [...]

The Bench Card

The Bench Card

April 26, 2016 by LaKesha Triggs

A tool for working with Court Interpreters
The decision to appoint an interpreter is a very important task for judicial officers. There is a need for a higher degree of coordination and uniformity regarding interpretation in courtrooms. Therefore, judicial officers must be provided with a uniform guide regarding working with court interpreters during court proceedings.
The Division [...]

Indiana’s Commercial Court Pilot Project – March 2016 Update

Indiana’s Commercial Court Pilot Project – March 2016 Update

April 26, 2016 by Hon. Craig J. Bobay

By Order issued January 19, 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court created the Indiana Commercial Court Pilot Project. The term of this pilot project is for three (3) years, and begins June 1, 2016.
As described in the January 2016 order, the purposes of Indiana’s pilot commercial courts are to (1) establish judicial practices that will help [...]

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 [...]

A Judges Perspective: Veterans Courts

A Judges Perspective: Veterans Courts

February 25, 2016 by Hon. Maria Granger

Throughout Indiana, we are expanding access and refining our approach to veterans’ justice statewide.
Our goal is to have at least 1 Veterans Court in each of the 26 judicial districts – eliminating all boundaries.
To accomplish this locally, we have broadened our county Veterans Court program to a district-wide program.
Finding an effective approach to mental health [...]

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