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.
Virginia, Director of Charity Y
Ah, the holidays – ‘tis the [...]
The Supreme Court is proud to have a single environment for hosting its web-based applications—Indiana Courts Information Technology Extranet (INcite). The Jan/Feb 2011 “INcite a Framework for Innovation” Indiana Court Times article compared the applications in INcite to houses in a planned community with rules about paint color, building materials, and mailbox height. Since 2011, [...]
November 20, 2015 by James F. Maguire
This is the thirty-fourth of our Court Times articles that highlight up close and personal a member of the Indiana Judiciary.
Monroe Circuit Court Div. 5 Judge Mary Ellen Diekhoff is our judge featured in this issue.
Judge Diekhoff graduated from Valparaiso University in 1980 and then Indiana University Bloomington Mauer School of Law in 1986.
After a few [...]
November 20, 2015 by Ruth Reichard
What is behind it & what judges can do about it
A judge presiding over a criminal docket will quickly conclude that family violence cases are different.
In an auto theft case, for example, the victim is usually cooperative: she wants to help the police and prosecutor bring the perpetrator to justice for his crime. But in [...]
November 20, 2015 by Editor
Former Chief Justice Shepard receives ABA Marshall Award
The American Bar Association presented the prestigious 2015 John Marshall Award to former Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard. He was the longest-serving chief justice of the Supreme Court of Indiana, and is the recipient of the award named for the longest-serving chief justice of the Supreme [...]
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 [...]