Friday, February 12, 2016

Protecting What You’ve Got: Preserving Knowledge

Protecting What You’ve Got: Preserving Knowledge

January 25, 2016 by Brenda Rodeheffer

Judge Steady, I won the lottery!,” exclaimed Court Reporter Sue Lucky.  Yea for twenty-year employee Sue, who is celebrating by resigning that very day to find a new winter home near her grandchildren in Arizona.
An employer is lucky to get a week’s notice.  All courts are “at will” employers and employees are free to resign [...]

Judge Gull awarded for jury innovation work

Judge Gull awarded for jury innovation work

January 25, 2016 by

For the past 10 years, Allen County Superior Court Judge Frances C. Gull has been committed to improving the jury management system in her county. In her efforts to make the jury system more convenient for jurors, Judge Gull helped establish mJuror, a system specifically designed for smart devices that allows jurors to communicate [...]

Judge Wentworth receives award of excellence for Pro Bono service

Judge Wentworth receives award of excellence for Pro Bono service

January 25, 2016 by

Members of the Indiana Bar Foundation and the Indiana Pro Bono Commission selected the Honorable Martha B. Wentworth, Judge, Indiana Tax Court for the Randall T. Shepard Excellence in Pro Bono Award, the highest award given for a career of pro bono service.
Judge Wentworth is the immediate past chair of the Indiana Pro Bono Commission [...]

Justice David receives national award for work with children

Justice David receives national award for work with children

January 25, 2016 by

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steve H. David recently received national recognition for his work with children in court. Justice David was presented with the Annie E. Casey Foundation Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Distinguished System Leadership Award. He accepted the award on behalf of the Court family saying, “My role is easy when you have [...]

Judge Michael G. Gotsch Sr. honored with ISBA Outstanding Judge Award

Judge Michael G. Gotsch Sr. honored with ISBA Outstanding Judge Award

January 25, 2016 by

St. Joseph Circuit Court Judge Michael G. Gotsch Sr. was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Judge Award from the Indiana State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Young Lawyers Section. The award was presented at the ISBA’s annual meeting in French Lick.
Judge Gotsch was appointed to the St. Joseph Circuit Court by Gov. Joe Kernan in [...]

Hon. Roger L. Duvall

Hon. Roger L. Duvall

January 25, 2016 by James F. Maguire

This is the thirty-fifth of our Court Times articles that highlight up close and personal a member of the Indiana Judiciary.
Judge Duvall graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1974 and Chase Law School of Northern Kentucky University in 1978. Judge Duvall went to law school at night while he worked at the law school [...]

Additional Thoughts and Observations on E-Filing

January 25, 2016 by William J. Hughes

E-filing has been a welcome and relatively easily implemented improvement in the way trial courts do business.  It makes us more accessible to the public and it allows us substantial efficiencies in work flow and processing.  Chief Justice Loretta Rush was correct when she noted  in her 2015 State of The Judiciary Address that “e-filing [...]

The Dropout Problem: Part 2

January 25, 2016 by Ruth Reichard

What is behind it and what judges can do about it
In Part 1 of this article in the September/October issue of Court Times, we considered research on the high victim attrition rate in criminal domestic violence cases, as well as some laws that judges can use to help ensure the integrity of the proceedings. In [...]

Yes Virginia, Judges can be Santa Claus

Yes Virginia, Judges can be Santa Claus

November 20, 2015 by Adrienne Meiring

Dear Ms. Meiring,
With the holiday season approaching, Charity Y would like to know whether it is ethically permissible for our local judge to dress up like Santa Claus and pass out donated presents to the less fortunate kids in the community at our annual holiday party.
Sincerely,
Virginia, Director of Charity Y
Ah, the holidays – ‘tis the [...]

Odyssey Court Measures

Odyssey Court Measures

November 20, 2015 by Dave Williams , Mary DePrez

In 2013, Grant County Courts, Law Enforcement, and Correctional Services approached the Division of State Court Administration’s (Division) Court Technology office with a grant proposal to fund a system-wide “dashboard” to monitor outcomes and improve efficiency across the entire criminal justice system in Grant County. Their idea was to centralize information from the computer [...]

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