Supreme Court Innovation Initiative adds Civil Litigation Taskforce

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The Indiana Supreme Court’s Innovation Initiative is expanding, with the court creating a third working group to address issues surrounding civil litigation.

The high court on Tuesday issued an order creating the Civil Litigation Taskforce. The taskforce will be part of the Innovation Initiative, which was created in September 2019 with two subsidiary groups: the Family Law Taskforce and the Technology Working Group.

“At this time, the Court has determined that it wishes to create another subsidiary group, the Civil Litigation Taskforce, focusing on improvements related to civil litigation including procedure and case management,” the order says. “The Civil Litigation Taskforce shall consider recommendations on more efficient handling of civil litigation created by the National Center for State Courts, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, and the Conference of Chief Justices, including the recommendations described in ‘A Call to Action: Achieving Civil Justice for All’ by the CCJ Civil Justice Improvements Committee.” Rush serves as first vice president of the Conference of Chief Justices.

Members of the Civil Litigation Taskforce include:

  • Steve Badger, Barnes & Thornburg, who will serve as chair.
  • Eric Koch, R-Bedford.
  • Delaware Circuit Judge Kimberly Dowling.
  • Marion Superior Judge Heather Welch.
  • LaPorte Superior Judge Jaime Oss.
  • Norris Cunningham, Katz Korin Cunningham.
  • Emily Guenin-Hodson, Guenin Law.
  • Christine Hickey, Rubin Levin.
  • Cynthia Lasher, Norris Choplin & Schroeder.
  • Jeffry Lind, Lind Law Firm.
  • Jennifer Tudor-Wright, Barnes & Thornburg.
  • Candace Williams, Tolbert & Tolbert.
  • Pamela Williams, Anthem.

“The Civil Litigation Task Force shall analyze the research on court reform, assess the impact of innovations in other states, identify innovative strategies for significantly improving court processes, and provide a written report, with findings and recommendations, to the Court not later than December 31, 2021,” the order says. The taskforce will be staffed by the Indiana Office of Court Services.

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