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Partners in Justice: State of the Judiciary 2017

Partners in Justice: State of the Judiciary 2017

February 28, 2017 by Editor

On January 18, 2017, Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush delivered her third address on the State of the Judiciary to a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly.
Highlights of the speech follow. We also invite you to read the entire text, watch the video, and view photographs at: courts.in.gov/supreme/2552.htm
The Supreme Court Justices and Judges of [...]

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

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

February 28, 2017 by Editor

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 [...]

Celebrating Adoption Day

Celebrating Adoption Day

February 28, 2017 by Editor

National Adoption Day photos reflect smiling faces, happy moms and dads, and lots of hugs. The Indiana Supreme Court in 2012 first authorized broadcast coverage of adoption proceedings in celebration of this special day. Since then, over 500 children have found their “forever families” in 23 Indiana counties on this special day.
Participating judges celebrate the [...]

Reforms to the Marion County Small Claims Courts

Reforms to the Marion County Small Claims Courts

December 15, 2016 by Editor

On July 18, 2011, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal that criticized the operations of the nine township small claims courts in Marion County. The paper launched several additional stories covering litigant complaints of forum shopping, exorbitant attorney’s fees, and other unfair debt collection practices.
Under the leadership of Marion Circuit Court Judge Sheryl [...]

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 Editor

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 [...]

Improvements to the Senior Judge Program

December 15, 2016 by Editor

Changes are coming to the Senior Judge Program. On August 10, 2016, the Indiana Supreme Court created the Senior Judge Committee consisting of seven members, including three senior judges and three trial court judges.
Under the Order, the “Committee is charged with making recommendations to the Court regarding the utilization of senior judges and the administration [...]

Hon. John R. Pera

Hon. John R. Pera

December 15, 2016 by Editor

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 [...]

Geoffrey Slaughter sworn in as member of Supreme Court

Geoffrey Slaughter sworn in as member of Supreme Court

September 21, 2016 by Editor

On August 11, colleagues, friends, and family filled the atrium outside the Indiana Supreme Court Courtroom to offer well-wishes and congratulations to the newest Justice of the Court – Geoffrey Slaughter. Justice Slaughter officially joined the Court in June, when he was sworn-in by Chief Justice Loretta Rush during a private ceremony.
Justice Slaughter’s public swearing-in [...]

Hon. Beth Ann Butsch

Hon. Beth Ann Butsch

September 21, 2016 by Editor

This is the thirty-ninth of our Court Times articles that highlight up close and personal a member of the Indiana Judiciary.
Fayette Circuit Court Judge Beth Ann Butsch is our judge featured in this issue. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University in 1981, and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University [...]

Judge Harcourt receives distinguished service award

Judge Harcourt receives distinguished service award

September 21, 2016 by Editor

Senior Judge Barbara Harcourt received the National Center for State Courts’ (NCSC) Distinguished Service Award on July 12 from NCSC President Mary McQueen. One of the highest awards presented by NCSC, it is presented annually to those who have made significant contributions to the justice system and who have supported NCSC’s mission.
Judge Harcourt was honored [...]

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