May 6, 2013 by Editor
Each year, millions of dollars in fines and courts costs charged to defendants in Indiana’s courts go unpaid, often leaving courts and clerks with little recourse for collecting those debts. Some people simply forget that they got that speeding ticket; others cannot come up with the money to pay that fine on time; and [...]
March 5, 2013 by Editor
Indiana Trial Rule 77 provides guidelines about the records and information that an Indiana trial court must create and maintain. That rule calls for four types of records: (1) indexes, which list in a searchable format the name and the case number of a proceeding; (2) a chronological case summary (CCS), which is a sequential [...]
December 20, 2012 by Editor
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
Indiana trial courts use primarily audio digital equipment to make a record when conducting business. County-paid court reporters are responsible for keeping the record of proceedings and preparing a written transcript when requested. [...]
September 17, 2012 by Editor
Chronological Case Summary and Record of Judgments and Orders
The Chronological Case Summary (CCS) and the Record of Judgments and Orders (RJO) have a significant role in trial court administration. These are two of the four records required by Trial Rule 77. Depending on local practice, court or clerk staff may be responsible [...]
May 2, 2012 by Editor
It depends on which road you take.
In the September/October 2010 issue of the Indiana Court Times, we discussed the differences between a Petition for a Restricted Driver’s License under Indiana Code 9-24-15 and a Petition for Judicial Review of a Habitual Violator Suspension under Indiana Code 9-30-10. One of those differences is the type [...]
May 2, 2012 by Editor
The Indiana Supreme Court Division of State Court Administration announced that the application for 2012 Court Reform Grants is now available online. The application is available at courts.in.gov/admin/2420.htm.
The Division encourages judges to apply for a grant. The money awarded can help improve your local court system. Up to $30,000 per grant request is available for [...]
February 6, 2012 by Editor
In the story Brigadoon, a mythical Scottish village appears for one day every hundred years. Indiana’s city and town courts may come into existence, or disappear, once every four years.
Ind. Code § 33-35-1-1(a) permits a second or third class city or a town to establish or abolish a city or town court by ordinance every [...]
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 [...]
A collaborative effort between the State Archives Division of the Indiana Commission on Public Records and the Indiana Supreme Court has resulted in the cleaning, preservation, cataloging and posting in a database on the Internet, of approximately 31,000 Indiana Supreme Court cases dating from 1791 to 1878. Ultimately, this project will encompass every decided [...]
A high profile working group has been formed to review the laws and rules involving one of the most critical records in Indiana’s judicial system—the judgment docket. The judgment docket serves as notice to all interested parties that a judgment exists and is a lien on the real property of the defendant.
The use of [...]