September 17, 2012 by Editor
Justice Frank Sullivan Receives Sagamore of the Wabash Award
Governor Mitch Daniels presented retired Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan with the Sagamore of the Wabash award on July 30th.
The presentation was a surprise to Justice Sullivan and was made in the Governor’s office after the two men spoke privately.
Those in attendance for the presentation included Chief [...]
August 16, 2011 by Editor
Lawsuits related to employment issues in the United States have reached a record high. Employment laws and regulations are both ever-changing and ever-increasing creating unintentional traps for the unwary employer. In the employment arena, judicial immunity does not exist. One of the best ways for a judicial employer to avoid litigation is [...]
April 13, 2011 by Editor
Some rules of conduct are worth repeating. This is one of them. Generally, it is not a good idea for a judge to hire a family member or friend as a court employee or to appoint them to an administrative position. There are a number of practical reasons for this view, including that [...]
December 1, 2010 by Editor
Find Out How You Can Set Up a Training Program in Your District
During the fiscal year 2009-10, the Indiana Supreme Court offered educational programs to over 1000 judicial branch personnel, including trial court staff, Supreme Court agency employees, elected Clerks and clerk staff. Four types of delivery methods were employed to provide training: state-wide [...]
June 16, 2010 by Editor
Experts on employee management are divided regarding whether employers should conduct annual performance appraisals of staff. Judging by the show of hands at the recent Judicial College seminar on office management, Indiana’s judiciary is also divided in its use of performance appraisals. The purpose of this article is to succinctly set forth the pros [...]
May 5, 2010 by Editor
Long-Time Court Employee Fondly Remembered—
Debbie Guthrie-Jones, 58, of Indianapolis, passed away February 7, 2010. Debbie was born May 22, 1951 in New Castle, Indiana. Since 1986, she worked as a dedicated employee of the Indiana Supreme Court as an Administrative Assistant to its Division of State Court Administration. She served as Production and Distribution [...]
October 31, 2009 by Editor
The times are changing. It used to be that employees knew they had been paid because they received a check. Next came the paper paystub that confirmed a direct electronic deposit. Now direct deposits will be confirmed online.
The Auditor of the State is no longer producing paper paystubs to confirm direct deposits. Instead, paystub information [...]
August 31, 2009 by Editor
The Justices and staff of the Indiana Supreme Court were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Justice Richard Givan. His public service to the State of Indiana included 26 years as a jurist on the high court, including nearly 13 years as Chief Justice. In addition to his remarkable legal career, he is [...]
June 30, 2009 by Editor
Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard
South Bend—University of Notre Dame at this year’s Commencement exercises awarded Chief Justice Shepard with an Honorary Degree. Evansville—Chief Justice Shepard delivered the Commencement Address to the 2009 graduates of the University of Evansville and he was awarded an Honorary Degree.
Justice Robert D. Rucker
Valparaiso—Justice Rucker served as the Commencement Speaker for [...]
June 30, 2009 by Editor
Asking the right questions in an employment interview is similar to asking questions on voir dire. In voir dire you want information, but you must question potential jurors in a calming and non-embarrassing way. In a job interview you need to get information relevant to the job, but the questions have to be framed so [...]