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Courts, DCS, Criminal Code Evaluation committees meet this week

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The Commission on Courts holds its first meeting of the legislative interim Wednesday, and a common theme is the need for more judges.

Hamilton, Hendricks and Owen counties will ask legislators to grant them either a new magistrate or judge. Hamilton Superior Court seeks one magistrate and Hendricks Circuit and Superior courts seek to jointly appoint two new magistrates. Owen Circuit Court wants to add a new judge as part of the unified Circuit Court, with two judges beginning Jan. 1, 2015, according to the meeting agenda.

The commission will also hold a preliminary discussion on the administrative adjudication system in Indiana. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in Room 431 of the Statehouse.

The Department of Child Services Interim Study Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the House Chambers. According to the agenda, the committee will receive and review status reports from the DCS ombudsman and will hear public testimony regarding the agency’s child abuse and neglect hotline. The agenda also says “other business” will be discussed.

The Criminal Code Evaluation Commission meets for the first time at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Room 431. According to the meeting agenda, Randy Koester, of the Indiana Department of Correction, will give a presentation concerning the inmate population of the DOC. G. Roger Jarjoura and Thomas D. Stucky, of Data Analysis Work Group, will give a presentation concerning low-level felony incarceration.

The commission also plans on discussing its goals for the interim.

The meetings will be webcast. Visit http://www.in.gov/legislative/2441.htm and select the video stream for the appropriate room from the drop down list to watch the webcast.

 

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