Three recommendations made today by the Commission on Local Government Reform focus specifically on courts and the state’s legal community.
Court-specific recommendations impacting all Indiana counties include transferring the local court clerk responsibilities to the courts themselves and transferring trial court system funding – including probation and public defenders – to the state. A third recommendation is focused solely on Marion County, where all township small claims courts duties would be transferred to the county’s Superior Courts.
Headed by former Gov. Joe Kernan and Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, the commission has been working since July on ways to reform government and make it more efficient. Overall, the 46-page report includes 27 recommendations suggesting sweeping reforms in school districts and local township governments.
Read the full report here.