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Public input wanted on proposed changes to court rules

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The Indiana Supreme Court wants to hear from judges, attorneys and the general public as it considers possible changes to court rules.

A nine-member Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure was created by the court to conduct a continuous study of the Indiana Rules of Trial Procedure along with other rules as directed.

The rule changes being considered include the:
•    Wavier of Counsel by Juveniles (procedure before a child can say he/she does not want an attorney);
•    Electronically Filed Briefs (two proposals for submitting electronic briefs);
•    Small Claims Venue (brings township small claims court venue rules in line with similar courts); and
•    Rules of Evidence (revisions to increase conformity between Indiana’s Rules and Federal Rules).

The complete list of rule changes with descriptions can be viewed here. 

Public comments about the proposed rule changes will be taken until June 5, 2013. Comments can be sent via email to RulesComments@courts.in.gov or in writing to Lilia G. Judson, Indiana Supreme Court, Division of State Court Administration, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46204.


 

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  • proposed small claims rule change
    The proposed change would appear to make a mistaken filing in an improper township a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The rule should state that venue is proper in any township in the county but state in what township preferred venue lies.

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  1. From his recent appearance on WRTV to this story here, Frank is everywhere. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy, although he should stop using Eric Schnauffer for his 7th Circuit briefs. They're not THAT hard.

  2. They learn our language prior to coming here. My grandparents who came over on the boat, had to learn English and become familiarize with Americas customs and culture. They are in our land now, speak ENGLISH!!

  3. @ Rebecca D Fell, I am very sorry for your loss. I think it gives the family solace and a bit of closure to go to a road side memorial. Those that oppose them probably did not experience the loss of a child or a loved one.

  4. If it were your child that died maybe you'd be more understanding. Most of us don't have graves to visit. My son was killed on a state road and I will be putting up a memorial where he died. It gives us a sense of peace to be at the location he took his last breath. Some people should be more understanding of that.

  5. Can we please take notice of the connection between the declining state of families across the United States and the RISE OF CPS INVOLVEMENT??? They call themselves "advocates" for "children's rights", however, statistics show those children whom are taken from, even NEGLIGENT homes are LESS likely to become successful, independent adults!!! Not to mention the undeniable lack of respect and lack of responsibility of the children being raised today vs the way we were raised 20 years ago, when families still existed. I was born in 1981 and I didn't even ever hear the term "CPS", in fact, I didn't even know they existed until about ten years ago... Now our children have disagreements between friends and they actually THREATEN EACH OTHER WITH, "I'll call CPS" or "I'll have [my parent] (usually singular) call CPS"!!!! And the truth is, no parent is perfect and we all have flaws and make mistakes, but it is RIGHTFULLY OURS - BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THIS GREAT NATION - to be imperfect. Let's take a good look at what kind of parenting those that are stealing our children are doing, what kind of adults are they producing? WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS TO THE CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN RIPPED FROM THEIR FAMILY AND THAT CHILD'S SUCCESS - or otherwise - AS AN ADULT.....

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