Indiana Supreme Court
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste. 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Lilia G. Judson, Esq.
David J. Remondini, Esq.
Chief Deputy Executive Director
Court Interpreter Certification
Census figures show that ethnic populations in Indiana have increased dramatically in the last decade. Research by the Indiana Commission on Race and Gender Fairness indicated that Indiana is ill prepared to deal with persons in court who do not speak English or have a limited understanding of English.
In response, the Commission recommended that the Indiana Supreme Court institute a statewide court interpreter system. The Supreme Court authorized the Executive Director of the Division of State Court Administration to join the National Center for State Courts' Court Interpreter Certification Consortium and to implement an Indiana court interpreter testing system for Spanish.
Court Reform Grants
Court Reform Grant funds are available to assist courts in a district or county in assessing their organization and also for helping implement recommended improvements. These grants span multiple categories, including Unified Court Administration, Multi-Jurisdictional Programs, Measuring Court Performance, and Modern Jury Management Systems. Grants are also available to assist courts in purchasing and installing necessary upgrades to court reporting equipment and computer hardware and infrastructure.
Commission on Race & Gender Fairness
At the urging of former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Myra C. Selby, the Court created its Commission on Race and Gender Fairness in late 1999. Justice Selby, now engaged in the private practice of law, is the chair of the Commission.
The mission of the Commission on Race and Gender Fairness is to study and make recommendations on race and gender issues in Indiana's judicial system. It also is charged with the task of investigating ways to improve race and gender fairness in the courts, legal system, among legal service providers, state and local government, and among public organizations.
The Division of State Court Administration coordinates the activities of the local courts in their compliance with the schedule and format for local rules pursuant to Trial Rule 81. The Division also works hand-in-hand with its JTAC staff to see that the local rules and any amendments to them are posted on the judiciary website.
Weighted Caseload Measures
As the name suggests, the Weighted Caseload Measures System is based upon assigning time values to specific case types. Quantification of these values presents a projection of the average judicial time available in any given Indiana district, county, or court for a specified time period. These statistics provide the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana General Assembly with the information necessary for appropriate allocation of judicial resources.
The Indiana Legislature has provided by statute that, in certain circumstances, litigants could agree to try certain civil cases before a private judge who is compensated by the litigants.
Special Judges & Judges Pro Tempore
The Division is responsible for submitting for approval to the Indiana Supreme Court various orders regarding appointment of special judges and judges pro tem. Orders in these categories for the current year can be found at:
Committees & Commissions Staffed by the Division
The Division provides staff services to many Supreme Court Committees and Commissions. View a list of all statewide judicial committees staffed by the Division.
Because the MFTCAP is still in its pilot stages, it will not be able to reach all requesting counties in 2010; however, we hope that the information provided on this site can give courts a head start in planning or even launching their own settlement conference programs before the MFTCAP goes statewide in 2011.
Family Court Project
The family court project was born from the realization that families were often involved in multiple legal cases in front of different judges. Because the judges were not aware of all the cases involving the family, court orders and service referrals were inconsistent and/or redundant regarding family members. To address this situation, the family court projects targeted families with more than one case pending in the legal system (multiple case families), or families with complex cases or at-risk situations.
Court Improvement Program
The state Court Improvement Program (CIP) was created by the Federal Government to assist state courts in caring for at-risk families and abused and neglected children. The program was designed to help state courts implement alternatives and improvements to their systems, and to expand those systems that are already successful. The Division of State Court Administration serves as the fiscal administrator of the program, with assistance from the Indiana Judicial Center in program administration.
Self-Service Legal Center
The Indiana Supreme Court Self-Service Legal Center was created in response to the growing need for public pro se assistance in Indiana courts. While the Supreme Court does not advocate self-representation, it recognizes that many individuals choose to represent themselves in court, and so has created a website to serve as a source of information and forms for pro se litigants. The Legal Center is guided by a 15-member committee and coordinated by Camille Wiggins.
Court Reporter Plans
Court reporter plans govern the fees charged by court reporters to transcribe court proceedings in a given county. The fee guidelines must be approved by the Indiana Supreme Court.
Indiana Problem Solving Courts
Indiana's problem solving courts integrate alcohol and other drug treatment services with justice system case processing in an effort to reduce criminal recidivism and substance abuse. Problem solving courts offer the opportunity to coordinate the efforts of treatment providers, law enforcement personnel, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, criminal justice agencies and the community. Problem solving court grants are distributed by the Division of State Court Administration and administered by the Judicial Center.
Local ADR Plans
Recent legislation allows counties to offer an alternative dispute resolution program for domestic relations and paternity cases funded by a $20.00 per case ADR fee. To do this, a county must develop an ADR plan and have it approved by the Division of State Court Administration. State Court Administration assists counties in developing ADR plans and reviews all ADR plans to ensure they are consistent with the statute and ADR standards and guidelines.
Civil Legal Aid Fund
Since 1997, the Division of State Court Administration has been responsible for administering a state fund for legal assistance to indigent persons in civil cases.
Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP)
The mission of the Indiana Courts Continuity of Operations Planning Program is to ensure all essential functions of trial courts, appellate courts and Supreme Court agencies can be continued with minimal disruption during an emergency.