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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
January 25, 2016 by
The 19th convening of the Indiana Conference for Legal Education (ICLEO) Summer Institute took place at Notre Dame Law School, June 4 – July 17, 2015.
Since the establishment of ICLEO in 1997 by then Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, 520 students have participated in the Summer Institute which is hosted each summer by an Indiana [...]
January 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Daulton
For the last decade, trial courts across the country have increasingly faced the tough legal, logistical, and ethical dilemmas that often accompany cases involving unrepresented litigants (URLs). Without sufficient knowledge of court processes and procedures, URLs may miss important deadlines or fail to take key actions associated with the handling of their case. Judges and [...]
“So what does the Community Relations Committee do anyway?”
As chair of the Community Relations Committee, I hear this question on a regular basis. And I’m always happy to let judges know of the important, yet quiet work that is done by the Committee.
One of the primary goals of the Community Relations Committee is to [...]
July 14, 2015 by Richard T. Payne
Editor’s Note: This report is a condensed version of the legislation enacted in the 2015 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.
SJR 2 Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife – Passed Twice [...]
July 14, 2015 by Editor
The Indiana General Assembly in 2014 recognized the expanding methods we are using to communicate by amending the statute dealing with search and arrest warrants. House Enrolled Act 1009 (Public Law 170-2014) defined electronic communication service as one that provides users with the ability to send or receive wire or electronic communications.
Judges and law enforcement [...]
July 14, 2015 by Taylor Powell
Teachers commonly use field trips to foster learning outside of the classroom. It provides an engaging way for their students to learn. For a Government or American History class, students might take a trip to the local courthouse or city/county building to gain insight into Indiana government. Those trips, while valuable, can be [...]