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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. 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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