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
The 2013 Court Reform Grant Application is now available. See link below.
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, Consolidating Judicial Responsibility over Court Records, and Innovative Court Technology. Grants of up to $30,000 are available for initial efficiency studies, while grants of up to $40,000 are available to put study recommendations into action.
In 2012, the Supreme Court awarded more than $423,000 to 12 courts across the state for the study and implementation of various programs designed to help courts streamline their operations and upgrade outdated equipment. Since 2008, the Court has distributed more than $1.73 million in grants to create more efficient court systems throughout the state.
Each of the projects funded in 2012 are representative of the types of projects given special consideration:
Allen County received funding for a follow-up grant to continue their work of streamlining and creating innovative wayfinding systems within the Misdemeanor/Traffic Division of Allen Superior Court. This court handles more than 30,000 cases per year and staff was often overwhelmed by the volume of litigants’ requests for directions, case numbers, and other information. Using CRG funds, Allen County has purchased and installed three monitors that display up-to-date Odyssey data – party names and case numbers, courtroom locations, hearing times – as well as two kiosks that allow litigants and jurors to check in and receive instructions.
The Adult Guardianship Task Force (chaired by judges from Lake and Fountain counties) is working with JTAC to create a statewide guardianship registry. This registry would help the courts oversee guardianship administration, as Indiana currently has no way to track the number of guardianships.
Delaware County received funding for a project to develop social media communication techniques between trial courts and litigants, prospective jurors, and citizens. This grant funds an “immersive learning project” in which Ball State journalism students will create a social media tool. This tool will be used by the local courts to post rulings, communicate with jurors, and provide information on the court system. The ultimate goal is to build a template that can be easily implemented by courts in other counties.
Marion Circuit Court received funding to implement many of the recommendations of the Small Claims Task Force report released in May 2012. This grant has funded a temporary law clerk who has drafted rules for uniform procedures in the small claims courts, litigant education materials, and arranged for the translation of these materials into Spanish.
For questions or for more information about the Court Reform Grants, please contact:
Learn about the types of projects that qualify for court reform grants.
The 2013 Court Reform Grant application is due to the Division by July 1, 2013. Award letters will be mailed in August.
Access the budget form, cash request form, and required grant report forms to be submitted to the Division.