In her first State of the Judiciary address earlier this year, Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush announced that Indiana courts would begin to offer Electronic Filing (“e-filing”) in 2015 and that “e-filing would transform the way Hoosiers interact with the courts.” With e-filing, two centuries of paper filings will be ending. [...]
This is the thirty-third of our Court Times articles that highlight up close and personal a member of the Indiana Judiciary.
Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Stephen R. Heimann is our judge featured in this issue. Judge Heimann graduated from Wabash College in 1977 and Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis in 1980. While [...]
July 14, 2015 by Adrienne Meiring
When a tea kettle whistles from mounting pressure, we all know to take the kettle off the burner or to turn down the heat. Yet, when a legal colleague shows obvious wear from stress and has difficulty performing job duties or repeatedly lashes out, we often pretend not to notice the “whistle of the [...]
July 14, 2015 by Editor
The Indiana Civic Health Index is the result of a partnership among the following entities: Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Bar Foundation, Indiana University Northwest, IU Center for Civic Literacy, The Center on Congress, and the National Conference on Citizenship. The foreword is by former Chief Justice, Randall T. Shepard, and former U.S. Representative and current [...]
July 14, 2015 by Ruth Reichard
Ordering respondents to surrender firearms is not always easy for courts—it can mean more work for staff, extra hearings to ensure compliance, and negotiations with local law enforcement about storing the weapons and ammunition. But the power to order surrender of firearms as part of issuing a protection order is a vital means of reducing [...]
May 12, 2015 by Brenda Rodeheffer
Once upon a time, the employer determined medical leave. Whether an employee had the ability to stay home when ill without risk of termination depended on the boss.
After a nine-year legislative battle, in 1993 Congress enacted the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). For many workers, FMLA proved to be a great boon. [...]
The words “teen dating” usually bring to mind awkward silences, shy smiles, and high school proms. But for some adolescents and teens, dating also involves behaviors that the court system would recognize as stalking, battering, or worse.
Research into teen dating violence is ongoing—the National Institute of Justice is currently sponsoring a very large study in [...]
May 12, 2015 by James F. Maguire
This is the thirty-second of our Court Times articles that highlight up close and personal a member of the Indiana Judiciary.
Steuben Superior Court Judge William C. Fee is our judge featured in this issue. He grew up in Angola in Steuben County and went to Purdue University, graduating in 1977. He graduated from Case Western [...]
May 12, 2015 by Editor
Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan announced that Judge Valeri Haughton-Motley was named Bloomington’s Woman of the Year.
She was honored during Women’s History Month for her outstanding service to the community.
Judge Haughton-Motley was selected by members of the Woman of the Year Subcommittee of the City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Women.
Judge Haughton-Motley as the [...]
May 12, 2015 by Jeffrey Wiese
The Division of State Court Administration (Division) Court Technology staff reports another breakthrough in reporting quarterly statistics. Indiana trial courts may now utilize Odyssey—the statewide case management system—to create, complete and file these reports.
Long gone are the days of completing quarterly court statistics on paper and mailing that information to the Division. Court Technology [...]