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[SUPREME] Statistics Detail Handling of State’s 1.6 Million Cases
Start Date: 10/29/2012 All Day
End Date: 10/29/2012
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1.6 million new cases were filed in Indiana trial courts in 2011.  This is just one of the many statistics available in the 2011 Indiana Judicial Service Report. Chief Justice Brent E. Dickson announced the statistic today with the release of the report.  He said, “Judges, probation officers and court staff work diligently to make sure the thousands of cases in their county are resolved fairly and expeditiously.  I am pleased this annual report details their hard work.”

The 1,725 page multi-volume report can be found online at http://courts.in.gov/admin/2467.htm.  It includes everything from crucial information on court actions to interesting facts about the judicial branch including both state and county operations.  
  • 1,680,412 new cases were filed in Indiana trial courts in 2011
  • 1,883,975 new cases were filed in Indiana trial courts in 2002
  • Indiana courts have seen an 11% decrease in the number of cases filed since 2002  
  • 193 murder cases were filed in trial courts in 2011
  • There has been a 31% decrease in murder filings from 2002 to 2011
  • 1,298 civil and criminal jury trials were held statewide
  • 313,783 cases included an individual who went to court without an attorney
  • There were 30,272 mortgage foreclosure filings in the state
  • Mortgage foreclosure filings decreased 31% from 2007 to 2011
  • 10,665 Child In Need of Services, CHINS cases, were filed in 2011, down 12% from 2010
  • 18,372 children were served in 2011 by the GAL/CASA program
  • 2,718 Termination of Parental Rights cases were filed in 2011
  • An interpreter was used in 13,992 trial court cases in 2011
  • 150,085 adults and juveniles are being supervised by Indiana court probation departments
  • Cities, towns, townships, counties and the state spent $392,500,438 to operate the courts
  • Filing fees, court costs, user fees and fines generated $211,851,565 in revenue
Division of State Court Administration Executive Director, Lilia Judson, encourages the public and press to review the data, “This report can serve as a guide for continually improving the courts.  For example, it is evident that foreclosure filings are down and adoptions have increased.  The statistics also prove that more judges are needed in certain areas of the state.”  
  
It is estimated that Indiana needs 566 court-of-record judicial officers.  The state only has 444 judicial officers.  That means each judicial officer must work at 127% or handle the workload of 1.27 people, in order to adequately process all of the cases filed.   

The evidence for the increased need for judges can be found in a section of the report devoted to the weighted caseload measurement system in Volume 1.  Relative weights are assigned to different types of cases.  For example, a felony case takes more time to resolve than a traffic ticket.  Using the weighted caseload measures, it is estimated Indiana needs about 122 more judges statewide.  Chief Justice Dickson said, “Lawmakers and the public can use the report to examine the workload in each county.”  

Information on the appellate courts is also available in Volume 1, including:
  • The number of attorneys/judges disciplined by the Supreme Court
  • The number of appellate court opinions handed down
  • The location, month and number of oral arguments held
The Indiana Judicial Service Report and Indiana Probation Report are produced annually by the Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration.  The reports are required by Indiana statute (IC 33-24-6-3) and Supreme Court administrative rules.  The first report was published with 1976 data as a photocopy of handwritten charts.  Today, the information is gathered electronically and published online with a limited number of CD and hard copy versions printed.  
 
The Judicial Service Report is made up of Volume 1: Judicial Year in Review; Volume 2: Caseload Statistics; Volume 3: Financial Report.  The Probation Report includes Volume 1: Statewide Summary and Volume 2: Individual Department and County Data.  Indiana Courts In Brief, a 16-page brochure, is also available to provide an overview of all reports. 

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Name: Kathryn Dolan
Phone: 317-234-4722
Email: kathryn.dolan@courts.in.gov
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