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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 [...]

State of the Judiciary

State of the Judiciary

February 25, 2016 by

A Constitution Powerful in its Simplicity, clear in its Mandate
On January 13, 2016, Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush delivered her second address on the condition of the courts 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 see [...]

Indiana welcomes new Judges & Magistrates

Indiana welcomes new Judges & Magistrates

January 25, 2016 by Yolanda Collins

After the general elections on November 4, 2014, forty-three new judges took the bench on January 1, 2015, and they were joined by twenty-three newly appointed magistrates. Five of the new sitting judges are from prosecutor positions (two prosecutors and three deputy prosecutors), four were previously magistrates, and one was a juvenile court referee
The [...]

Hamilton County leads statewide court e-filing project

Hamilton County leads statewide court e-filing project

January 25, 2016 by William J. Hughes , Mary DePrez

In 2014, the Indiana Supreme Court announced the implementation of statewide e-filing, which will reduce paper copies, postage and trips to the clerk’s office. With strong support from the legislative and executive branches, attorneys, clerks, judges and staff—the path to e-filing is underway with plans for statewide implementation by the end of 2018.
The implementation of [...]

Indiana Rules of Court: Attorney Temporary Appearances and Limited Representation

Indiana Rules of Court: Attorney Temporary Appearances and Limited Representation

January 25, 2016 by Lilia Judson , Thomas Carusillo

More individuals, primarily for economic reasons, are choosing to represent themselves in court proceedings, which is creating a strain on court staff and judges. Many times these unrepresented litigants find they are in over their head and look for help from the private bar, or pro bono lawyers.
When this happened in the past, lawyers faced [...]

Public Defender Information System in Marion County

January 25, 2016 by Larry Landis

In June 2014, many Marion County criminal justice agencies went live on new software applications, as the county’s legacy JUSTIS main-frame case management system was decommissioned. This held true for the Marion County Public Defender Agency (MCPDA), which went live on the state-provided Public Defender Information System (PDIS). PDIS is a web-based case management system [...]

CIP Timeliness Measures help provide timely assistance for children involved in legal matters

CIP Timeliness Measures help provide timely assistance for children involved in legal matters

January 25, 2016 by Matthew K. Hagenbush

Courts across Indiana are finding new ways to evaluate and improve outcomes for children in their counties through the use of a new application on INcite, CIP Timeliness Measures. The application was created through funding from the Court Improvement Program (CIP).
The Court Improvement Program is a federal grant program administered by the United States Department [...]

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