Wednesday, April 26, 2017

#CanITweet? Guidance to courts on the limits of Broadcast Ban

#CanITweet? Guidance to courts on the limits of Broadcast Ban

February 28, 2017 by Adrienne Meiring

Described by some as “Haiku journalism,” the 140-character limit of Twitter messages such as the fictional examples below, may seem to provide only short-script descriptions of legal events, but these abbreviated statements are beginning to impact court systems.
As reporters and onlookers can give play-by-play-accounts of what is occurring in the courtroom and even include photos [...]

Abstract of Judgment Data to Improve Criminal History Repository

Abstract of Judgment Data to Improve Criminal History Repository

February 28, 2017 by Mary DePrez

Note: In the print version of this article, an incorrect date was published. The TCN data field in the Abstract of Judgement application will become a required field on July 1, 2017 (previously noted as April 1).
Part 2
Legislative Requirement
In the December, 2016 issue of Indiana Court Times, an article focused on legislation requiring the Indiana [...]

Lethality Assessments: What are they? Do they work?

February 28, 2017 by Ruth Reichard

PART ONE
Most Indiana judges know that our court system uses risk assessments to evaluate juvenile and adult offenders and to enable probation and pretrial release officers to recommend conditions of release. Judges might assume that a lethality assessment is just another term for a risk assessment. However, the two instruments differ, and they are both [...]

Henry County Clerk Debra Walker receives the 2016 Outstanding County Clerk Award

Henry County Clerk Debra Walker receives the 2016 Outstanding County Clerk Award

December 15, 2016 by

The Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) announced that Henry County Clerk Debbie Walker received the 2016 Outstanding County Clerk Award. The award recognized her contributions to county government throughout her years of public service.
Walker began her career working in the Henry County Commissioner’s office before being elected to serve as Henry County Treasurer, where she [...]

Judge Mary G. Willis recognized for 25 years in the practice of law at ISBA award luncheon

Judge Mary G. Willis recognized for 25 years in the practice of law at ISBA award luncheon

December 15, 2016 by

Hon. Mary G. Willis’ 25 years of service in the practice of law were recognized at the Indiana State Bar Association’s awards luncheon in Indianapolis on Sept. 9.
Prior to accepting her current position as Chief Administrative Officer of the Indiana Supreme Court, Judge Willis was elected as the judge of the Henry Circuit Court #1 [...]

Data Sharing Partnership: NPLEx recording methamphetamine-related felony convictions

December 15, 2016 by Mary DePrez

Legislative Requirement
As reported in the Legislative Summary of the March/April 2016 edition of Indiana Court Times, Senate Enrolled Act 161 requires the Division of State Court Administration (“Division”) to report certain methamphetamine-related felony convictions to the National Precursor Log Exchange (NPLEx).
The goal is to generate a stop-sale alert to prevent individuals convicted of possessing, dealing [...]

Lilia Judson retires after nearly 40 years of service

Lilia Judson retires after nearly 40 years of service

December 15, 2016 by James F. Maguire

Lilia G. Judson is smart, tenacious, dedicated, loyal, curious, hard-working, caring, and compassionate. She also has a disarming smile, engaging personality, and a great sense of humor. She has faced many challenges during her life journey and has always met them head-on with her unwavering strength of character.
For many years, she has been the steady [...]

Harassment in the Workplace

December 15, 2016 by Brenda Rodeheffer

A significant employee-related development this year was a study of harassment and retaliation in the workplace by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Harassment as a legal issue dates back to 1986 when the US Supreme Court held that the sexual harassment of a female bank executive created a hostile work environment and was a [...]

Hon. John R. Pera

Hon. John R. Pera

December 15, 2016 by James F. Maguire

This is the fortieth of our Court Times articles that highlight up close and personal a member of the Indiana Judiciary.
Lake Superior Court Judge John R. Pera is our judge featured in this issue. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University in 1972, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from  Valparaiso University School [...]

Are you asking the right questions? Intimate Partner Violence and Pet Abuse

Are you asking the right questions? Intimate Partner Violence and Pet Abuse

December 15, 2016 by Ruth Reichard

In civil protection order cases or criminal family violence cases, judges and court staff naturally focus on determining appropriate remedies and consequences for the humans involved. They are always the named parties, victims, witnesses, or protected persons. However, it is likely that if the family home is violent, and if companion animals live in that [...]

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