Indiana Trial Courts

Lack of statewide will procedures leaves unanswered questions about official documents

May 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
The final stop for a last will and testament in the e-filing era depends on where in Indiana an estate is opened and what the local probate court demands, at least for now.
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COA: Suspended attorney’s failure to litigate attributable to client

May 30, 2017
Olivia Covington
A now-suspended attorney’s repeated failure to communicate with his client and litigate her case was a failure directly attributable to the client and, thus, made the opposing party entitled to summary judgment, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
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Salvation Army sues neighboring Children’s Museum over expansion

May 25, 2017
Indianapolis Business Journal, Scott Olson
The Salvation Army is suing the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, claiming its neighbor’s $35 million outdoor expansion project intrudes on its easements and restricts its access to Illinois Street.
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Suit: ‘Scheme to scam’ put dubious charges on Vectren bills

May 23, 2017
Dave Stafford
An untold number of Vectren utility customers were duped into paying dubious utility-line protection plan charges that went to a different company after Vectren presumably took a kickback on the charge, a proposed class-action lawsuit claims.
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Indiana jury awards couple $744,000 for son's shoulder surgery

May 22, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana jury has awarded $744,000 to a couple who claimed a now-deceased doctor performed unnecessary surgery on their teenage son.
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2 Indiana judges graduate from judicial college

May 22, 2017
IL Staff
Two northwest Indiana judges graduated last week from The National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.
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Jasper County judge moving to federal bench

May 19, 2017
IL Staff
A Jasper County judge has been appointed to the bench in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Indiana.
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Senior judge appointed part time to Pulaski Superior Court

May 19, 2017
IL Staff
A Pulaski County senior judge has been appointed to replace a former Superior Court judge in the county on a part-time basis as the search for the judge’s permanent replacement continues.
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Supreme Court authorizes cameras in courtrooms for National Adoption Day

May 19, 2017
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has once again authorized the use of cameras and recording devices in Indiana’s courtrooms to celebrate National Adoption Day proceedings this fall.
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Man uses plastic bat to defend son from goose, gets ticket

May 12, 2017
 Associated Press
An Indianapolis man says he shouldn't have been ticketed for using a plastic bat to protect his 4-year-old son from an aggressive Canada goose.
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Doctor suspended for sex with patient sues over board minutes

May 12, 2017
John Russell
An Indianapolis doctor whose license was suspended after he admitted to having a five-year sexual relationship with a patient says he has been libeled by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board for how it recorded the matter in its official minutes.
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Indiana city court burdened with large caseload

May 3, 2017
 Associated Press
A northwestern Indiana city's municipal court is facing a caseload that far exceeds the combined number of pending cases for the rest of the city and town courts in its county.
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COA affirms closing of unsupervised estate

April 28, 2017
Olivia Covington
In a dispute between two northern Indiana sisters, the Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed the trial court’s decision to close the unsupervised estate of the sisters’ father, finding that the trial court did not apply the wrong legal or statutory standards when closing the estate.
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CASA therapy dogs lighten mood at Tippecanoe courthouse

April 28, 2017
 Associated Press
Navigating the local court system is just one more traumatic experience for children who have been abused or neglected. But Tippecanoe County advocates believe a therapy dog to pat or scratch could ease their stress and lighten their moods.
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Man sentenced to 75 years for killing pregnant girlfriend

April 28, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana man has been sentenced to 75 years in prison for fatally stabbing his pregnant girlfriend and leaving her body in their apartment while he took a vacation.
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2 convicted of roles in $2 million Hoosier Lottery scam

April 28, 2017
 Associated Press
Two people have been convicted of taking part in a scheme to claim a $2 million Hoosier Lottery prize.
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Judges make it official: Indy courts moving to justice center

April 28, 2017
IL Staff
Judges of the Marion Circuit and Superior Courts formally announced Thursday that civil and criminal courts will move from the Indianapolis City-County Building to a proposed Criminal Justice Complex on the city’s near-southeast side.
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Holcomb’s Supreme Court pick will be a trial judge

April 20, 2017
Olivia Covington
With the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission’s stamp of approval next to their names, three trial court judges are waiting to learn who among them will be selected as the state’s next Supreme Court justice.
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Council panel OKs plan to reimburse city agencies for justice center planning

April 19, 2017
Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Business Journal
An Indianapolis City-County Council panel Tuesday evening unanimously approved a measure that would allow the city to be reimbursed with future bond proceeds for expenses related to the planned community justice campus.
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Legislators discuss need for ‘people’s voice’ in selecting Marion Superior judges

April 18, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
Indiana Legislators raised several concerns Monday afternoon during the conference committee for House Bill 1036, which establishes merit selection for choosing Marion Superior judges. Several expressed the need to allow the general public to have a say through elections.
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Indiana argues it may discriminate in some court services

April 7, 2017
Dave Stafford
A deputy attorney general argued the state may discriminate in providing certain court services as Indiana appealed a ruling that a deaf man was discriminated against when Marion Superior Court denied him an interpreter for a mandatory mediation.
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Indiana sheriff agrees to plea deal right before trial

April 6, 2017
 Associated Press
A northern Indiana sheriff accused of giving special privileges to a jail inmate in exchange for $40,000 has agreed to plead guilty to an intimidation charge in a deal with prosecutors.
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Johnson County judge temporarily transferred

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
The Johnson Circuit Court judge will be temporarily transferred to the county’s Superior Court later this month when Superior Judge Cynthia S. Emkes retires.
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Public-private partnership proposed for Indy justice center

March 31, 2017
IL Staff
Marion County’s proposed criminal justice center should be financed through a public-private partnership, the task force studying the proposal announced Friday.
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Indy judicial selection bill revised: Bar groups out, vote in

March 29, 2017
Dave Stafford
Indianapolis voters would elect four of 14 members of a proposed committee to nominate Marion Superior Court judges under a revised bill that eliminates bar group representation on the panel and continues to draw opposition from African-American lawmakers and community members.
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