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[SUPREME] Task Force Releases Findings On Marion County Small Claims Courts
Start Date: 5/1/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/1/2012
Entry Description
The Task Force created to evaluate the Marion County Small Claims Courts has released its findings. A copy of the report and appendix is available at the Supreme Court Law Library at the State House and online at The report describes serious problems in the management and procedures of the courts and includes three recommended plans designed to address the problems.  

The Indiana Supreme Court created the Task Force in January 2012 to investigate whether litigants in the Marion County small claims courts are denied access to justice that is provided to the litigants in all other Indiana counties. The Task Force also looked into allegations that township trustees exert control over the courts’ financial and personnel matters in a manner that threatens judicial independence.  

More than 200 local residents attended public hearings in Perry Township, Pike Township and at the Marion Circuit Court in February and March. About 50 individuals – including collection attorneys, landlords, tenants, small claims defendants, law students, pro bono attorneys and a state senator – testified before the Task Force. To view pictures of the Perry Township and Pike Township hearings visit

Court of Appeals Judge John Baker and Senior Judge Betty Barteau co-chaired the task force.  The judges submitted an approximately 30-page report to the Indiana Supreme Court, the Court’s Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, and to Marion County Circuit Court Judge Louis Rosenberg.  Any changes to the management or procedures in the courts would need to be approved by the Indiana Supreme Court, while any changes to the structure of these courts must be authorized by the Indiana General Assembly.

Location Information:
Marion County
Contact Information:
Name: Kathryn Dolan
Phone: 317-234-4722
Entry Type:
Press Release
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