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IBA: Court to Conduct Magistrate, Commissioner Evaluation

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The Marion Circuit and Superior Courts have announced they will be conducting a performance evaluation of all current Magistrates and Commissioners now serving those courts. The online survey will be produced by the Indianapolis Bar Association and will be available for completion beginning September 1.

“As supervisors, the judges of the Circuit and Superior Court felt it was important to seek the feedback of attorneys practicing in our courts in order to fully evaluate performance,” said Judge Bob Altice, Marion County Superior Court Presiding Judge. “Part of our responsibility as judges is to continuously work to improve the delivery of legal services and the performance of the people serving in these important positions directly impacts our ability to effectively operate our courts. The survey is important and timely.”

The survey link will be sent by email to all attorneys in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and the Marion County Public Defender Agency, those entering an appearance in Marion Circuit Court or any of the county’s superior courts in the past three years, and all current attorney members of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Only those for whom an email address could not be located would be omitted.

Those receiving the survey are asked to only respond in regard to those judicial officers with whom they have had direct professional contact. Forty-four judicial officers are listed.

The courts sought to also include the members of the Marion County Bar Association; however, the MCBA’s leadership did not have an updated membership list available.

The survey will remain open to participants until September 15. Once closed, only the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Executive Director will have access to the confidential results which will be delivered directly to the court’s human resources director. It is the court’s plan to deliver each magistrate and commissioner’s results to their supervising judge(s) for review.

Anyone believing they should be in the survey group and not receiving the email notice is encouraged to contact Julie Armstrong, Indianapolis Bar Association Executive Director for assistance at jarmstrong@indybar.org or call 317.269.2000.•

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  1. So that none are misinformed by my posting wihtout a non de plume here, please allow me to state that I am NOT an Indiana licensed attorney, although I am an Indiana resident approved to practice law and represent clients in Indiana's fed court of Nth Dist and before the 7th circuit. I remain licensed in KS, since 1996, no discipline. This must be clarified since the IN court records will reveal that I did sit for and pass the Indiana bar last February. Yet be not confused by the fact that I was so allowed to be tested .... I am not, to be clear in the service of my duty to be absolutely candid about this, I AM NOT a member of the Indiana bar, and might never be so licensed given my unrepented from errors of thought documented in this opinion, at fn2, which likely supports Mr Smith's initial post in this thread: http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-7th-circuit/1592921.html

  2. When I served the State of Kansas as Deputy AG over Consumer Protection & Antitrust for four years, supervising 20 special agents and assistant attorneys general (back before the IBLE denied me the right to practice law in Indiana for not having the right stuff and pretty much crushed my legal career) we had a saying around the office: Resist the lure of the ring!!! It was a take off on Tolkiem, the idea that absolute power (I signed investigative subpoenas as a judge would in many other contexts, no need to show probable cause)could corrupt absolutely. We feared that we would overreach constitutional limits if not reminded, over and over, to be mindful to not do so. Our approach in so challenging one another was Madisonian, as the following quotes from the Father of our Constitution reveal: The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. All men having power ought to be mistrusted. -- James Madison, Federalist Papers and other sources: http://www.constitution.org/jm/jm_quotes.htm RESIST THE LURE OF THE RING ALL YE WITH POLITICAL OR JUDICIAL POWER!

  3. My dear Mr Smith, I respect your opinions and much enjoy your posts here. We do differ on our view of the benefits and viability of the American Experiment in Ordered Liberty. While I do agree that it could be better, and that your points in criticism are well taken, Utopia does indeed mean nowhere. I think Madison, Jefferson, Adams and company got it about as good as it gets in a fallen post-Enlightenment social order. That said, a constitution only protects the citizens if it is followed. We currently have a bevy of public officials and judicial agents who believe that their subjectivism, their personal ideology, their elitist fears and concerns and cause celebs trump the constitutions of our forefathers. This is most troubling. More to follow in the next post on that subject.

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  5. I am compelled to announce that I am not posting under any Smith monikers here. That said, the post below does have a certain ring to it that sounds familiar to me: http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2014/0907/cardinal.aspx

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