June 26, 2014 by Editor
The Judicial Conference of Indiana Board of Directors voted unanimously at its March 2014 meeting to approve revisions to the Indiana Probation Standards. The revisions mark the first significant changes to the Probation Standards since 2001 and become effective on July 1st.
The Probation Officers Advisory Board worked on the revisions for two years, with [...]
June 26, 2014 by Michael J. McMahon
A newly-established committee of the Supreme Court is working to help Indiana courts implement evidence-based practices for pretrial detention. In his order creating the Indiana Committee to Study Evidence-Based Pretrial Release, Chief Justice Dickson described its purpose:
Research is being done in the field of pre-trial release from detention in the criminal justice process. [...]
April 25, 2014 by Hon. Heather A. Welch
At the fall 2013 Indiana Judicial Conference, Court of Appeals Judges Margret Robb and Patricia Riley informed trial court judges that together with Indiana’s law schools they had created a Judicial Law Clerk Program to assist new law school graduates and trial court judges. The law schools will identify recent law school graduates who [...]
April 25, 2014 by Amanda Wishin
Gone are the days when people walk into most public buildings without some sort of security clearance. “It seems that not a month goes by when we hear of a tragic event occurring in the workplace, on a college or school campus, or in a public setting,” warns Indiana Supreme Court Sheriff Gary Miller.
As security [...]
April 25, 2014 by Lindsey Borschel
The Commission for Continuing Legal Education first compiled in 1997 a directory of registered mediators in Indiana. The idea was to provide a way for judges, attorneys, and litigants to find a mediator who practiced in a particular area of law and a particular part of the state. Seventeen years later, the list of [...]
April 25, 2014 by Editor
The Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure is interested in obtaining comments from judges, attorneys and the general public to the following proposed amendments to the Indiana Rules of Court:
Public access to court records
Amendments to Administrative Rule 9 to reorganize and clarify the rule
Appellate and trial rule changes related to Administrative [...]
February 7, 2014 by David J. Remondini
At any given time in Indiana, a number of indigent adults who can no longer manage their own affairs enter the court system. Many are looked after by a small but dedicated cadre of people who donate their time.
In a bid to swell the number of volunteer guardians, the Indiana General Assembly provided $500,000 [...]
February 7, 2014 by Editor
Chief Justice Brent E. Dickson presented the status of the courts in his 2014 State of the Judiciary speech delivered to a Joint Session of the Indiana General Assembly. He thanked the members of the Legislative and Executive branches for their cooperation and partnership in many areas of mutual concern and recognized the achievements [...]
February 7, 2014 by Leslie Dunn
More and more litigants in family law cases are appearing in Indiana’s courts without the assistance of lawyers. Whether this phenomenon is due to economic reasons, the proliferation of self-service information on the Internet, or other factors, the fact remains that these unrepresented litigants need assistance in completing pleading, filing them, preparing for court [...]
February 7, 2014 by Elizabeth Daulton
Over the last several years, state trial courts throughout the country have faced the dual problems of fluctuating caseloads and declining court funding. Indiana’s trial courts have risen to this challenge to do more with less, and have frequently looked for innovative ways by which to fill their budget gaps.
One of these ways is [...]