Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Indiana Public Defender Commission: Providing Legal Counsel for the Indigent

Indiana Public Defender Commission: Providing Legal Counsel for the Indigent

May 12, 2015 by Derrick Mason

Criminal and juvenile cases now constitute almost half of all cases filed in Indiana (excluding infractions).
Criminal and juvenile cases require the court-appointment of counsel if the defendant is indigent. When this occurs, judges must select from a relatively small pool of attorneys who are potentially eligible for appointment.
Fifty-five of Indiana’s ninety-two counties have joined the [...]

Indiana’s Court Interpreter Program: Providing Fair & Open Access to Everyone

Indiana’s Court Interpreter Program: Providing Fair & Open Access to Everyone

May 12, 2015 by Angela Joseph

¿Entiende usted que se le está acusando de un delito?
Confused? Can you recognize one or two words?
Indiana courts face new challenges as limited English proficient (LEP) individuals appear before them. As more people from South and Central America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Europe call Indiana home, an unavoidable result is the increase [...]

Limited English Proficient Individuals: Access to Courts Through Qualified Interpreters

May 12, 2015 by Angela Joseph

The gold-standard of interpreting in Indiana courtrooms is to provide LEP individuals with a Certified Interpreter. Certified Interpreters are important because their interpreting skills for court use have been rigorously tested. The friendly helper in the back of the court room who is bilingual in Spanish and English typically does not know all [...]

2014 Reform Grants

April 30, 2015 by Elizabeth Daulton

With nearly 1.6 million new cases filed in 2013, Indiana’s trial courts must continually look for new ways to increase efficiency while still providing a high quality of service to litigants and other court participants.
One of these ways is through Indiana’s Court Reform Grant program, funded through federal reimbursements for previously uncollected expenses associated with [...]

2015 State of the Judiciary

2015 State of the Judiciary

February 24, 2015 by Editor

Loretta Rush, as the first female Indiana Chief Justice, delivered an historic address on the condition of the courts to a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly.
Highlights of the speech follow, but we invite you to read the entire text and watch the video of the event on the Indiana Courts website at http://courts.in.gov/supreme/2502.htm.

Chief Justice [...]

Trial by Skype™ in Shelby County

Trial by Skype™ in Shelby County

February 24, 2015 by Hon. David N. Riggins

As a self-proclaimed tech-geek, I have embraced technology in the courtroom wholeheartedly.   Recently, I had the opportunity to conduct a traffic infraction trial by video (I will refer to it as a traffic video trial or “TV trial”). Inter-active two-way audio visual equipment in the courtroom isn’t new, courts have been conducting hearings via [...]

Judicial Responses to Elder Abuse

Judicial Responses to Elder Abuse

February 24, 2015 by Erica Costello

Though many judges have seen elder abuse, not all may fully understand it. Often considered a “hidden” crime, elder abuse includes physical abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, abandonment, neglect, and/or self-neglect. It can also be seen in civil, criminal, probate, family, and mental health proceedings, creating a variety of [...]

Hometown Heroes: Eighteenth Annual GAL/CASA Conference Held

Hometown Heroes: Eighteenth Annual GAL/CASA Conference Held

February 24, 2015 by Leslie S. Dunn

Honoring “Hometown Heroes” was the theme of the Eighteenth Annual Indiana State GAL/CASA Conference. Sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court’s office of Guardian Ad Litem/Court Appointed Special Advocate (GAL/CASA) the event was held” on October 11 in Indianapolis.
Six hundred CASA volunteers, directors and program staff participated in the conference. The keynote speaker, Noah benShea, [...]

Allen Superior Court’s Innovative Wayfinding Project

Allen Superior Court’s Innovative Wayfinding Project

February 24, 2015 by Jeff Leffers

The Allen Superior Court has vastly improved the public’s accessibility and convenience to its Misdemeanor and Traffic Court. The change will reduce visitor/defendant apprehension and anxiety. This is due to Judge Fran Gull’s commitment to employ new technology to improve services and the support of two very generous and timely Indiana Supreme Court [...]

Crossing the Border: How the Unaccompanied Minor Crisis May Impact Indiana Juvenile Courts

February 24, 2015 by Leslie S. Dunn

The number of unaccompanied immigrant children in the United States has increased from 6,775 in 2010 to over 62,000 in 2014 according to the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It has been estimated that as many as 150,000-200,000 unaccompanied minors may attempt to cross the border in 2015. Children 12 and under [...]

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