Next week will mark the 21st time Chief Justice Shepard will give the address since assuming the court's top position in 1987, two years after joining the appellate court. The hour-long annual address starts at 1:30 p.m. in the chambers of the Indiana House of Representatives in Indianapolis.
His address typically includes a discussion of the state courts' ongoing projects, accomplishments in the past year, and future plans. While the chief justice remains tight-lipped about what to expect in this year's speech, he notes that it will likely include elements of his 2007 work on the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform, which involved numerous recommendations about streaming state government.
The legal community can watch the address live online, and video and text of the speech will be available after the address at www.in.gov/judiciary/supreme/state_jud.html.