Lawmakers pass bills adding new courts, judicial officers

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Several bills seeking extra judicial assistance for Indiana counties struggling under overburdened caseloads have successfully made their cases to both legislative chambers. With that approval secured, the next stop is the governor’s desk. 

A full Senate unanimously voted in favor of House Bill 1155 and House Bill 1332 Tuesday, advancing their requests for the addition or appointment of more judges and magistrate judges to their respective county’s circuit and superior courts.

HB 1155 would add two Clark County Circuit Court judges, while HB 1332 would appoint four additional Marion County commissioners for eventual conversion to magistrate judges.

Other bills with similar requests have passed the Indiana General Assembly or are near passage, including:

HB 1057: Vanderburgh County Magistrates — provides two additional magistrate judges to serve in circuit and superior court. Received unanimous approval from both the House and Senate. Awaits House speaker’s, governor’s signatures. 

HB 1173: Tippecanoe Superior Court — provides the addition of a superior court in Tippecanoe County. Received unanimous approval from both the House and Senate. Signed by House Speaker and headed to the governor’s desk.  

HB 1118: Howard Circuit Court — provides one new magistrate judge for Howard Circuit Court. Passed House; Full Senate scheduled to vote on second reading Wednesday.

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