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Reports break down caseloads, costs in Indiana courts

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It cost nearly $400 million to operate Indiana courts last year, according to new reports released by the Indiana Supreme Court Division on State Court Administration.

The 2009 Indiana Judicial Service Report  and Indiana Probation Report   provide information on costs, caseloads, and other court information.

The data is based on the 2009 calendar year and found that nearly two million new cases were filed in courts last year. This is the second highest number ever and is a 16.5 percent increase in filings as compared to 2000.

The reports also show:

   - 12,625 Child in Need of Services cases were filed across the state in 2009
    
   - More than 385,000 cases included pro se litigants
    
   - Mortgage foreclosure filings increased nearly 20 percent from 2005 to 2009
    
    - It cost taxpayers $26.33 each to operate the courts after revenues were deducted from expenditures
    
   -  It cost $64.31 to incarcerate someone per day in the Department of Correction; adult felony probation supervision costs $1.80 per day per person.

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