The Indiana Court Times Editorial Board is pleased to present this special edition on Juvenile Law.
Traditionally, Court Times includes stories and information on a variety of topics, but the Board decided our readers would appreciate a special issue dedicated to how the courts serve children in our state.
There are many exciting initiatives underway designed to [...]
At a recent conference, judges from across the state were treated to a first-rate performance by the Fort Wayne Voices of Unity Youth Choir. The remarkable poise and professional sound of the young choir led the judges to a standing ovation.
The majority of this special edition of Indiana Court Times focuses on children in [...]
For over thirty-eight years, Indiana’s courts have diligently reported information about their caseloads, their finances, and the services they provide, such as probation, guardian ad litem advocates, and court interpreters. The following tables comprise state-wide juvenile data compiled from detailed reports filed by every court in the state and published in an annual Judicial [...]
The newly formed Commission on Improving the Status of Children held its inaugural meeting on August 21, 2013. Governor Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 125 into law effective July 1, 2013. The multi-branch statewide Commission is aimed at improving the status of children in Indiana. In cooperation with other stakeholders, Commission members [...]
October 28, 2013 by Elana Salzman
In dependency cases, “a child’s sense of time is extremely important.” Allen Superior Court, Family Relations Division, Judge Charles Pratt emphasized this in a recent training on the new CHINS (Child in Need of Services) Timeliness Measures. Juvenile judges must be conscious of how court performance, including delays, affects children in their [...]
The following is excerpted from the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY of a report submitted to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute by Chrystal A. Garcia, PhD and G. Roger Jarjoura, PhD, Associate Professors of Criminal Justice, Law and Public Safety, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and Kathy Lisby, Senior Policy Analyst, Center [...]
October 28, 2013 by Angela Reid-Brown
A Permanency Roundtable is an intervention designed to facilitate the permanency planning process for youth placed out-of-home by identifying solutions to permanency obstacles.
The Permanency Roundtable Model was developed by Casey Family Programs to assist child welfare agencies expedite permanency for youth in care. In 2012, Indiana passed legislation requiring permanency roundtables in both children [...]
October 28, 2013 by Michelle M. Tennell
The vision of the Annie E. Casey Foundation states: “All youth involved in the juvenile justice system have opportunities to develop into healthy, productive adults.” Indiana supports this vision and has chosen the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), designed by the Foundation, as the method by which Indiana communities can implement meaningful juvenile justice [...]
October 28, 2013 by James F. Maguire
This is the twenty-sixth of our Court Times articles that highlight up close and personal a member of the Indiana Judiciary.
Clark County Circuit Court #4 Judge Vicki Carmichael is our judge featured in this issue. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University Southeast and her law degree from the University of Louisville.
Following graduation from [...]
Statistics about juvenile delinquency cases are a key part of the annual Indiana Judicial Service Report and Indiana Probation Report. Published by the Indiana Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration (Division), the reports reflect detailed court-by-court data on judicial caseloads, general court finances and probation information. The case data is submitted to [...]