$450,000 in court reform grants awarded

October 19, 2015

The Indiana Supreme Court Monday announced $450,000 in court reform grants awarded to 15 counties, five pro bono districts, and one committee. The grants will help courts better manage an increasing caseload of unrepresented or pro se litigants and improve delivery of court services to litigants not proficient in English.

The court awarded the following grants to aid unrepresented litigants:

-- Clark County, Floyd County and Pro Bono District L: $75,000
-- Delaware County, Henry County and Pro Bono District F: $50,000
-- Hamilton County: $43,794
-- Madison County: $50,000
-- Marion County and Heartland Pro Bono District: $48,500
-- Montgomery County: $9,000
-- Owen County and Pro Bono District 10: $46,617
-- Spencer County and District K Pro Bono: $12,171

The following grants were awarded to assist litigants with limited English proficiency:

-- Allen County: $23,000
-- Cass County: $50,000
-- Court Interpreter Program Advisory Committee of Commission on Race and Gender Fairness: $19,332
-- Hamilton County: $6,206
-- Harrison County: $8,500
-- Newton County: $5,000
-- Vanderburgh County: $9,857

The Court Reform Grant Program is funded through federal reimbursements for previously uncollected expenses associated with Title IV-D enforcement actions. Since 2008, the Indiana Supreme Court has awarded more than $2.4 million in grant funding to nearly 100 trial courts and judicial agencies for various programs.


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