Courts to allow cameras for National Adoption Day

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Selected courts around Indiana have been granted permission through an order of the Indiana Supreme Court to allow cameras to record and broadcast events in observation of National Adoption Day.

The annual event is Nov. 23. Leading up to that day, several courts have planned events in which cameras are authorized. Here is the schedule and location of participating judges:

Friday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m.: Henry Circuit Judge Mary Willis, 1215 Race St., Room 340, New Castle.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m.: Tippecanoe Superior Magistrate Sean Persin, 301 E. Main Street, Third Floor, Lafayette.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 8:30 a.m.: Allen Superior Judge Charles Pratt, 715 S. Calhoun Street, Room 208, Fort Wayne
Thursday, Nov. 21, 8:30 a.m. (CST): Vanderburgh Superior Judge Brett Niemeier, 1 N.W. Martin Luther King Blvd., Room 129, Evansville.

Friday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m.: Grant Superior Judge Dana Kenworthy, 101. E. 4th St., Suite 310, Marion.

Friday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m.: Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall, 53 E. Washington St., Knox.   

The Indiana Supreme Court and Court of Appeals webcast their arguments, but Indiana trial courts do not allow cameras to record proceedings. The justices permitted cameras in select trial courts during an 18-month pilot project that concluded at the end of 2007, but didn’t take any action on the matter after a report was submitted in 2008 to them. Just six proceedings were recording in eight courts statewide.

But pilot projects have been launched recently that, while not allowing news cameras in, will film proceedings.

Last year, the justices announced that proceedings will be recorded in three courts – one each in Allen, Marion and Tippecanoe counties – and will serve as the official transcript. The Indiana Supreme Court also instituted a pilot program in Lake County that allows for recording of certain proceedings, which are later posted on the Times of Northwest Indiana’s website for viewing.


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.