Monroe Circuit courts closed until April 26

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Courts in Bloomington will be closed the rest of this week due to a plumbing backup that Monroe Circuit Court Presiding Judge Valeri Haughton said has created a health emergency.

The Indiana Supreme Court late Wednesday issued an order for emergency relief extending the courthouse closure that began Tuesday due to black water, noxious odors, bacteria and a power outage.

“This Court authorizes the tolling, from 8:30 a.m. April  21, 2015 until 8:30 a.m. April 26, 2015, of all laws, rules and procedures setting time limits for speedy trials in criminal  and juvenile proceedings, public health, mental health, and appellate matters; all judgments, support and other orders; and all other civil and criminal matters before the Monroe Circuit Court,” says the order signed by Chief Justice Loretta Rush. “In addition, no interest shall be due or charged during this tolled period of time.”

The order notes the closure coincides with Little 500 Weekend in Bloomington, when courts typically are open. It also says emergency filings and matters will be processed by the clerk and the duty judge.

Monroe Circuit Court judges “shall communicate with the Monroe County Bar and public and shall make arrangements to be available to deal with emergency and other pressing needs."

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