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Filings continue to drop, as does funding for Indiana courts

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A sharp decline in infraction and ordinance-violation cases is among factors that resulted in courts around the state collecting considerably less revenue, according to data released in the annual Judicial Service Reports.

The exhaustive reports on Indiana trial and appellate courts, “Honored to Serve,” document an 8.6 percent decrease in infraction case filings and an 11.2 percent drop in ordinance violations over the past decade. Infractions continue to represent the single largest class of case filings, with just fewer than 450,000 such cases filed last year, according to the report.

Indiana Chief Justice Brent Dickson and Division of State Court Administration Executive Director Lilia Judson released more than 1,800 pages of data tabulating the work of courts around the state Nov. 4.

Among the findings from the survey of court activity in 2012:

• Murder cases were the highest in a decade, with 235 charges filed around the state. Murder filings jumped about 18 percent compared with 2011, which saw the fewest murder charges filed in more than a decade.

• Mortgage foreclosures jumped 10 percent over filings in 2011. A total of 33,876 cases were filed, though that total is well below the 40,000-45,000 cases filed during 2006-2010, the depths of the recession.

• Jury trials were slightly more common. The 1,338 jury trials conducted in 2012 marked a 3 percent increase from 2011.

Data from the Judicial Service Report may be viewed at www.courts.in.gov/admin/3118.htm.•

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  1. Indiana's seatbelt law is not punishable as a crime. It is an infraction. Apparently some of our Circuit judges have deemed settled law inapplicable if it fails to fit their litmus test of political correctness. Extrapolating to redefine terms of behavior in a violation of immigration law to the entire body of criminal law leaves a smorgasbord of opportunity for judicial mischief.

  2. I wonder if $10 diversions for failure to wear seat belts are considered moral turpitude in federal immigration law like they are under Indiana law? Anyone know?

  3. What a fine article, thank you! I can testify firsthand and by detailed legal reports (at end of this note) as to the dire consequences of rejecting this truth from the fine article above: "The inclusion and expansion of this right [to jury] in Indiana’s Constitution is a clear reflection of our state’s intention to emphasize the importance of every Hoosier’s right to make their case in front of a jury of their peers." Over $20? Every Hoosier? Well then how about when your very vocation is on the line? How about instead of a jury of peers, one faces a bevy of political appointees, mini-czars, who care less about due process of the law than the real czars did? Instead of trial by jury, trial by ideological ordeal run by Orwellian agents? Well that is built into more than a few administrative law committees of the Ind S.Ct., and it is now being weaponized, as is revealed in articles posted at this ezine, to root out post moderns heresies like refusal to stand and pledge allegiance to all things politically correct. My career was burned at the stake for not so saluting, but I think I was just one of the early logs. Due, at least in part, to the removal of the jury from bar admission and bar discipline cases, many more fires will soon be lit. Perhaps one awaits you, dear heretic? Oh, at that Ind. article 12 plank about a remedy at law for every damage done ... ah, well, the founders evidently meant only for those damages done not by the government itself, rabid statists that they were. (Yes, that was sarcasm.) My written reports available here: Denied petition for cert (this time around): http://tinyurl.com/zdmawmw Denied petition for cert (from the 2009 denial and five year banishment): http://tinyurl.com/zcypybh Related, not written by me: Amicus brief: http://tinyurl.com/hvh7qgp

  4. Justice has finally been served. So glad that Dr. Ley can finally sleep peacefully at night knowing the truth has finally come to the surface.

  5. While this right is guaranteed by our Constitution, it has in recent years been hampered by insurance companies, i.e.; the practice of the plaintiff's own insurance company intervening in an action and filing a lien against any proceeds paid to their insured. In essence, causing an additional financial hurdle for a plaintiff to overcome at trial in terms of overall award. In a very real sense an injured party in exercise of their right to trial by jury may be the only party in a cause that would end up with zero compensation.

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