Indiana and the nation are rightly celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark federal law that opened doors for women and girls in athletics, higher education and more. But the celebratory focus on top athletes and coaches, while apt, tells only a small part of the story. The complete story lies in the [...]
The 2012 Indiana General Assembly passed SEA 286, which creates a program (funded by Title IV-E of the Social Security Act) that can provide services to older youth who are ready to age out, or who have previously aged out, of the juvenile justice system as children in need of services (CHINS). The law [...]
During economic hard times, the pressure can be immense for government officials, including judges, to find additional revenue sources to run government agencies. Judges often find themselves in the crossfire between addressing a city/county council’s concerns about budget shortfalls and maintaining the regular business of the court. Three alluring “solutions” sometimes proposed to [...]
July 3, 2012 by Editor
Editor’s Note: This report is a condensed version of the full report prepared by the Indiana Judicial Center.
S.E.A. 156, P.L. 41-2012
This law establishes a new procedure for partitioning real and personal property that (1) requires a court to refer the matter to mediation and (2) requires the court to order that the property be [...]
October 31, 2011 by Editor
The Indiana General Assembly passed Public Law 194-2011 (HEA 1211) earlier this year allowing individuals to petition courts to restrict access to certain criminal records. This law creates two new proceedings by amending Indiana Code Title 35, Criminal Law and Procedure, Article 38, Proceedings Following Dismissal, Verdict or Finding. It allows a person [...]
August 16, 2011 by Editor
Editor’s Note: This report is a condensed version of the full report prepared by Diane Mains and Mike McMahon of the Indiana Judicial Center.
The Indiana Judicial Center has prepared a legislative report that contains summaries of select bills of interest passed in the 2011 session and can be can be found at:
The entire text [...]
June 16, 2010 by Editor
The Indiana Judicial Conference has compiled an excellent and extensive digest of all legislation passed by the 2010 Indiana General Assembly. The legislative digest of these laws can be found at www.in.gov/legislative/reports/2010/DIGEST_OF_ENACTMENTS.PDF. If you would like to see the entire text of any law, as well as any other legislative action, you may access this [...]
June 30, 2009 by Editor
The Indiana Judicial Center staff compiled summaries of legislation of significance to the judiciary enacted by the 2009 Indiana Legislature. To see the Center’s full online report, which includes other bills of interest and which features hyperlinks to the full text of the legislation, go to www.indianacourts.org/blogs/legupdate.
A special session of the Indiana legislature will be [...]
February 28, 2009 by Editor
The Indiana General Assembly created the Commission on Courts to review, conduct research, and hold public hearings on all requests for new courts or changes in jurisdiction of existing courts, and to review, report on, and make recommendations concerning any other matters relating to court administration that it deems appropriate. The Commission is required to [...]
February 28, 2009 by Editor
In 2008, the Indiana General Assembly passed, and Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law, HEA 1001, a bill designed to provide property tax relief that also made sweeping changes to how payments are processed for juvenile services throughout the state. There have been several articles in the Indiana Court Times reporting on the effects of [...]