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EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Porter County involved in serving children better

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.

November 10, 2013 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Porter County is well positioned for new sentencing guidelines

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Porter County is well positioned for new sentencing guidelines

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…

June 02, 2013 12:00 am Photos


EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: New court aids in more effective child support collections

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.

December 30, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Concerted effort could ease jail crowding

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Concerted effort could ease jail crowding

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.

July 08, 2012 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Shephard has helped families here in NWI

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Shephard has helped families here in NWI

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…

January 15, 2012 12:00 am

GUEST COMMENTARY: Porter County judges face increased caseloads

Porter County's courts are getting busier and busier. The data we are required to collect reflects the increase in our caseloads.

July 31, 2011 12:00 am
GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana Supreme Court made the right decision

GUEST COMMENTARY: Indiana Supreme Court made the right decision

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…

June 09, 2011 12:00 am
EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Porter County a leader in court reform

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Porter County a leader in court reform

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.

January 30, 2011 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Judicial conduct rules govern speed of rulings

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…

July 25, 2010 12:00 am

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD: Parents must serve as children's morality police

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?

February 21, 2010 12:00 am

PHIL WIELAND: Can he get a witness? Not yet

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.

November 21, 2009 12:00 am

Mental health screening helps youths in justice system

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.

July 05, 2009 12:00 am

Drug court puts a new spin on court cases

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…

November 09, 2008 12:00 am

Dress for success in courtroom as well as in business

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.

July 06, 2008 12:00 am

Economic issues are sending more people into courts

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.

March 02, 2008 12:00 am

Lawyers are doing much to help their communities

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.

December 17, 2007 12:00 am

Judge's job has evolved in past 20 years

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…

October 08, 2006 12:00 am

Supervision could protect more young people

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?

June 25, 2006 12:00 am

Judges are judged by the time they spend on cases

Did you want to talk about that speeding ticket you recently picked up? Sure, that would be OK for a couple of minutes.

March 05, 2006 12:00 am

Chesterton wrestler loses match in the legal arena

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.

February 01, 2006 12:00 am

Porter County keeps costs down while meeting needs

It might well take a village to raise healthy children. I am relatively certain, however, that it doesn't take a state.

January 22, 2006 12:00 am

Counties now must fully fund services for children

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.

August 07, 2005 12:00 am

Follow guideline to share info between agencies

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.

July 15, 2005 12:00 am

Inaction isn't an option in protecting children

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…

February 20, 2005 12:00 am

Public invited to court's open house

Circuit Court judge in November, will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

December 25, 1996 12:00 am
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