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House passes JTAC, court late payment bills

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The Indiana House of Representatives passed on concurrence several bills Wednesday, including legislation dealing with judicial technology and automation.

House Bill 1393 passed the House 66-13. The bill establishes the Judicial Technology Oversight Committee, which, among other things, will make recommendations to the Division of State Court Administration for the establishment of a pilot program involving electronic filing. The bill also increases the automated record-keeping fee for two years from $5 to $7 for all civil, criminal, infraction and ordinance violation actions, with some exceptions. The fee increase is expected to further expand installation of the Odyssey case management system.

HB 1124 provides that someone who has committed a Class D infraction or Class C infraction for unlawfully parking in a space reserved for someone with a physical disability shall pay a late fee of $25 if the person fails to pay a required fee or civil judgment on time. The bill exempts those found to be indigent. The bill passed 83-0.

HB 1190 specifies that uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is not required to be made available under a personal umbrella or excess liability policy. The legislation passed 57-25.


 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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