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Supreme Court grants more time to e-file some abstracts of judgment

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Courts will have until the end of this year to file abstracts of judgment of felony convictions for people not sentenced to the Department of Correction, according to an order issued June 28 by the Indiana Supreme Court.

The court’s order revises its May 12 amendment to Criminal Rule 15.2 that took effect July 1. The amendment requires courts upon sentencing for a felony conviction to file an abstract of judgment in electronic format to the Division of State Court Administration.

The order grants more time to comply in certain situations.

“Recognizing that practical difficulties have arisen making it challenging for courts to comply by July 1, 2012, with the electronic Abstract of Judgment requirement for those defendants with felony convictions that are not being committed to the Indiana Department of Correction, the Court by this order directs trial courts to make all best efforts to comply as soon as practicable for those defendants, but no later than December 31, 2012,” the order says.

Courts still are required to comply with the amendment for felons committed to DOC.

The notice was forwarded to each Circuit court, a host of state agencies, councils representing prosecutors and defense attorneys, and the state’s law school libraries.

 

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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.

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  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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