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2018 State of the Judiciary set for next week

January 4, 2018

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush will discuss the judiciary’s continued efforts toward expanding court technology, addressing the opioid crisis and other related topics during her 2018 State of the Judiciary address next week.

Rush will address a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Indiana House of Representatives. The chief justice provides an annual update on the condition of the courts pursuant to Article 7, Section 3 of the Indiana Constitution.
This year’s address, “A Hope-Filled Future,” will focus on the reorganization of the judiciary’s administrative structure and increased training opportunities for judicial officers, as well as an update on the courts’ efforts related to technology and the opioid crisis. Additionally, Rush will share the “collective experience” of the five high court justices, who formed a new Supreme Court bench when Justice Christopher Goff was sworn in last summer.

Last year, Rush praised the court’s “Partners in Justice” during her 2017 address to the General Assembly. She also honored former Justice Robert Rucker, who retired in May 2017.

Indiana trial and appellate judges will also attend Rush’s address next week — her fourth as chief justice — and will don traditional black robes. The event will be webcast live at courts.in.gov.

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