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ISBA to testify about juvenile paternity before legislative commission

September 5, 2013

The Indiana State Bar Association is scheduled to testify during the next meeting of Indiana General Assembly’s Commission on Courts Sept. 12.

The agenda will include an examination of confidentiality issues in juvenile paternity cases. Melissa Avery, chair of the ISBA Family Law Section and Thomas Frohman a Bloomington attorney with Indiana Legal Services are scheduled to testify.

Chaired by Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, the commission focused much of attention during its first meeting on pretrial release and surety bonds. Several bail bonds agents and county officials gave conflicting testimony as to whether cash bonds are being used by courts as a revenue stream and if the courts are forfeiting the surety bonds of defendants who fail to appear.

The Commission on Courts will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 431 of the Indiana Statehouse.

The Criminal Law and Sentencing Policy Study Committee is scheduled to hold its second meeting Sept. 10 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 130 of the Statehouse. No agenda has been released.

Both the commission’s and the criminal law committee’s respective web pages will have links to view the meetings online.

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