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Indianapolis Bar Association Clarifies Position on Proposed Criminal Justice Complex Location

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The Indianapolis Bar Association continues to support efforts to explore all opportunities to create a safe, adequate and dignified justice center for Marion County. For more than a decade, the IndyBar has viewed the creation of a new justice center as a top priority for the judicial system in Marion County, for the citizens who use that system, and for the legal community as a whole. The IndyBar has and will continue to take an active role in the justice center planning and development process through its Justice Center Task Force, which was created in 2002. Attorney John F. Kautzman of Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook chairs this task force on behalf of the association.

The IndyBar has also endeavored to inform and educate members and the public on the recent proposal by executive officials of the City of Indianapolis. Most recently, the IndyBar hosted a Town Hall event on January 27 to facilitate discussion between the legal community and city officials.

Recent media reports have indicated that the IndyBar has taken a position with respect to the location of a new consolidated criminal justice center proposed by the City of Indianapolis. However, neither the IndyBar nor the association’s Criminal Justice Section have taken an official position on the location of the center as has been reported. Any comments from individual IndyBar members on justice center issues should be considered statements of their personal views and not attributed to the IndyBar, its governing Board of Directors, or the Justice Center Task Force.•

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