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The Indiana Division of State Court Administration recently published a special edition of The Indiana Court Times magazine. This issue is dedicated to addressing how the courts serve children in our state.
The words "progressive" and "local government" are often hard to find in the same sentence. A portion of our population has a dislike for one or the other of those words. Some have no use for either of them. Yet, it is important to point out that the use of those two words in the same senten…
The court system in Porter County now has a circuit court judge, five superior court judges and three magistrates. Each of these nine judicial officers has certain types of cases assigned to them. Last year 37,475 cases were filed in our courts, representing 32 separate case types.
The Porter County Jail, as now configured and staffed, is overcrowded. The number of inmates should not be a surprise when case filings and reasons for incarceration are analyzed.
In March, a major change will occur in the landscape of the Indiana court system. Chief Justice Randall Shepard, now the longest-serving chief justice of a state supreme court, will retire. He has been our chief justice for a quarter of a century. As such, I have considered him to be my prof…
Porter County's courts are getting busier and busier. The data we are required to collect reflects the increase in our caseloads.
The Indiana Supreme Court addresses about a thousand cases per year. The cases are presented to them on a wide range of topics. Their jurisdiction includes matters such as mandates for funds, attorney and judge discipline, tax court matters, civil case appeals and, of course, appeals in crim…
For at least the past decade, Porter County has been a leader in Indiana in juvenile justice reform. As one of three family court pilot sites in Indiana, we have implemented many programs designed to assist children and families as they struggle through the juvenile justice system.
Canon 3B(9) of the Code of Judicial Conduct requires judges to "dispose of all judicial matters fairly, promptly, and efficiently." This general requirement is supported by very particular provisions found in various areas of the court rules which largely govern the procedural aspects of cou…
If you have chosen to equip your child with a cell phone, do you know what images are on your child's cell phone? Do you check it? If not, why not?
Florian Latek's bequest of possibly $2 million to St. Agnes Adult Day Care could depend on someone named Frank or three others, but Valparaiso lawyer Jim Bozik has to find them first.
Youths in Indiana's juvenile justice system have mental health needs that often have not been met. Without appropriate services, these children risk longer periods of incarceration, higher rates of recidivism and difficult reintegration into their communities.
An eighth of a million cases seems like a lot, although the work has been spread over a couple of decades. Throughout the years, in addressing those cases, the typical judicial role has been a constant. No matter what legal matter has been presented, the robe, a bailiff commanding the courtr…
If you are coming to court this week, would you kindly put on a shirt? While you're at it, could you wear some shoes instead of flip-flops? If you can see your way clear to do so, how about arriving on time? Also, take off the baseball cap.
Last year, 41,120 cases were filed in Porter County's courts. Just five years ago, in 2002, there were 32,162 new filings. The growth of the caseload reflects the sad reality that, increasingly, members of our community find themselves in real life crises that carry significant legal consequences.
When our family gathers for the holidays, one or more of my brothers will likely share a litany of jokes about lawyers. Much to my dismay, the family favorite is the joke that asks what 600 lawyers at the bottom of the sea are called.
The work of the courts has changed a great deal over the last two decades. Twenty years ago, deciding cases was basically the only responsibility of trial court judges. Today, while handling greater caseloads than our courts addressed a couple of decades ago, we work on an ever-expanding arr…
Summer brings warm weather and fun times, but it also brings out those who want to take "summer fun" too far. Do you know where your children were last night? What did they do? Who were they with? How much do you know about their companions and the families of their friends?
Did you want to talk about that speeding ticket you recently picked up? Sure, that would be OK for a couple of minutes.
Harper refused to overrule a school policy that prohibited Chesterton High School wrestler Andrew St. Germain, a junior, from competing in last weekend's sectional competition.
It might well take a village to raise healthy children. I am relatively certain, however, that it doesn't take a state.
The law is seldom described as dynamic. Yet, in Indiana, 2005 has brought immense legislative changes in the area of juvenile law. For juvenile justice in Indiana, an exciting new day has arrived.
The need for sharing information between juvenile justice agencies, social services and educational entities is established in Indiana law. The law also addresses how that can be done.
There are no courses in law school to prepare you to review autopsies of children. There is nothing offered to help deal with seeing the effects of blunt trauma to little ones. I don't think there is a way to review these matters, as juvenile court judges are required to do, and keep from be…
Circuit Court judge in November, will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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