Pursuant to Supreme Court Order dated September 13, 2011, Case No. 94S00-1109-MS-552, the Division of State Court Administration is offering enhanced access to electronic tax warrant information to subscribers. Tax warrant information for over 50 counties is maintained using software developed by JTAC. JTAC will provide a unique user ID and password for each user and helpdesk support. More information »
Using Criminal Contempt Powers in an Ethical Manner
A defendant spews forth a string of curses during his initial hearing. A cell phone goes off in a busy courtroom, but no one will take responsibility for the disruption. When submitting a check to pay her fine, a litigant writes an expletive (expressing how she feels about the court) in the memo section.
Judges often face disrespectful and disruptive behavior in the courtroom. While a judge certainly can and should safeguard the integrity, security, and decorum of the court, a judge must be careful when exercising contempt powers to not turn an attempt to maintain courtroom control into an abuse of judicial power.