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1.8M cases filed in Indiana in 2010

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Nearly two million new cases were filed in Indiana courts in 2010, a 3 percent increase as compared to 2001, according to the annual Indiana Judicial Service Report released Tuesday.

While the number of new cases filed has increased over the last decade, 2010 saw a decrease in new cases filed as compared to 2009. That year, 1,956,749 cases were filed around the state; in 2010, that number dropped to 1,859,870. Last year’s 205 murder cases filed were 20 fewer as compared to 2009, and there has been a 25 percent decrease in murder filings from 2002 to 2010.

Revenue generated by court costs, fines and fees has increased by more than $2 million as compared to 2009, and the money spent to operate the courts decreased by more than $6 million. The number of people representing themselves in cases dropped in 2010 as compared to 2009 by more than 20,000.

Other highlights from the report include:
-    The Supreme Court awarded more than $1.19 million in grants for interpreter services in more than 160,000 cases as of 2010. Interpreters were used in nearly 15,000 trial court cases in 2010.
-    There were more than 41,000 mortgage foreclosure filings in the state in 2010, and those filings have increased 39 percent from 2002 to last year.
-    More than 12,000 Child in Need of Services cases were filed in 2010, and there has been a 126 percent increase in termination of parental rights cases since 2001.

The 1,782 page report is available online at http://courts.in.gov/admin.


 

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