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Partners in Justice: State of the Judiciary 2017

Partners in Justice: State of the Judiciary 2017

February 28, 2017 by

On January 18, 2017, Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush delivered her third address on the State of the Judiciary to a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly.
Highlights of the speech follow. We also invite you to read the entire text, watch the video, and view photographs at: courts.in.gov/supreme/2552.htm
The Supreme Court Justices and Judges of [...]

Indiana Supreme Court forms Office of Admissions and Continuing Education

Indiana Supreme Court forms Office of Admissions and Continuing Education

February 28, 2017 by

By order entered on January 26, 2017, the Supreme Court merged the two agencies that provide administrative support for the Indiana Board of Law Examiners (BLE) and the Indiana Commission on Continuing Legal Education (CLE) into a new Office of Admissions and Continuing Education (OACE).
The order provides that the OACE will operate under the direction [...]

Coalition for Court Access

Coalition for Court Access

February 28, 2017 by LaKesha Triggs

In the spring of 2015, the Indiana Supreme Court appointed a 10-member Ad Hoc Assessment Team and charged them with examining the structure of the Indiana Pro Bono Commission, the Indiana Commission to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services, and the Committee on Unrepresented Litigants.
The Assessment Team generated a report recommending merger of the three [...]

Celebrating Adoption Day

Celebrating Adoption Day

February 28, 2017 by Sarah Kidwell

National Adoption Day photos reflect smiling faces, happy moms and dads, and lots of hugs. The Indiana Supreme Court in 2012 first authorized broadcast coverage of adoption proceedings in celebration of this special day. Since then, over 500 children have found their “forever families” in 23 Indiana counties on this special day.
Participating judges celebrate the [...]

Journey through the wilderness of online court records

Journey through the wilderness of online court records

February 28, 2017 by Justin Forkner

On February 3, 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court created the “Advisory Task Force on Remote Access to and Privacy of Electronic Court Records” and charged it to assess the benefits and risks of online public access to court records in an age of e-filing. It was no small directive; the Task Force was to serve [...]

FAQ: Criminal Rule 26

February 28, 2017 by

What is the primary purpose of Criminal Rule 26 (CR 26)?
The Rule is intended to improve pretrial practices in Indiana by encouraging trial judges to engage in evidence-based decision making at the pretrial stage.
Does CR 26 require trial courts to release arrestees from jail without bail and/or pretrial supervision conditions?
No. The Rule encourages trial courts [...]

Reforms to the Marion County Small Claims Courts

Reforms to the Marion County Small Claims Courts

December 15, 2016 by Elizabeth Daulton

On July 18, 2011, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal that criticized the operations of the nine township small claims courts in Marion County. The paper launched several additional stories covering litigant complaints of forum shopping, exorbitant attorney’s fees, and other unfair debt collection practices.
Under the leadership of Marion Circuit Court Judge Sheryl [...]

2016 ICLEO Class looking to the future

2016 ICLEO Class looking to the future

December 15, 2016 by Ashley Rozier

The 20th convening of the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO) Summer Institute took place June 18 to July 30, 2016 at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
Then Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard created ICLEO in 1997 to support minority, low-income, and educationally disadvantaged students who aspire to pursue a law degree and [...]

Improvements to the Senior Judge Program

December 15, 2016 by Tom Carusillo

Changes are coming to the Senior Judge Program. On August 10, 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court created the Senior Judge Committee consisting of seven members, including three senior judges and three trial court judges.
Under the Order, the “Committee is charged with making recommendations to the Court regarding the utilization of senior judges and the administration [...]

Educators attend Teacher Workshop at the State House

Educators attend Teacher Workshop at the State House

December 15, 2016 by Sarah Kidwell

On August 31, sixty educators attended a workshop sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court in collaboration with the Indiana Historical Society. The workshop provided teachers, administrators, and one truancy officer with an opportunity to visit downtown Indianapolis and learn about the history and operation of the judicial branch.
Judges and lawyers nominated these educators for this [...]

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