Administration manual for judges and clerks
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Office of Judicial Administration
The Office of Judicial Administration is responsible for the efficient administration of all agencies that operate under the direction of the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court. That includes 200 personnel; fiscal management; communication; technology; legal services; intergovernmental relations; services for the trial courts; and support for court boards, commissions, and committees. The Office is headed by Chief Administrative Officer Justin P. Forkner, who reports directly to the Chief Justice of Indiana and serves as the link between the Chief Justice and the agencies of the Court.
Provides legal research, analysis, and drafting of legal memoranda for the Court; manages the Court’s pending cases; and maintains the Court’s law library.
Processes incoming filings and outgoing orders and opinions for Indiana’s appellate courts; maintains court records and the Roll of Attorneys.
Provides ethical guidance to judges and handles judicial discipline investigations; recruits and interviews applicants for appellate court vacancies.
Responsible for investigating attorney misconduct and prosecuting lawyer discipline proceedings.
Certifies that all individuals admitted to practice law have fulfilled the requirements for admission; oversees the legal education requirements of attorneys, judges and mediators, and maintains a mediator registry.
Assists judges, lawyers, and law students with personal issues—addiction, mental health, physical, age-related, and other concerns—that have the potential to reduce their effectiveness.
Develops education, programs, and projects for all courts to improve the administration of justice; certifies problem-solving courts, probation officers, and court interpreters; compiles court statistics.
Provides support for day-to-day operations; assists the Supreme Court with creating a vision for how technology can improve court operations and access to justice; develops custom applications for data sharing with the public and state agencies.
Provides a wide scope of services to Supreme Court staff and agencies, including drafting internal policies, assisting with hiring and disciplinary issues, payroll and benefits, ensuring legal compliance, security, and continuity of operations for the Court.
Manages media inquiries, public information, and opportunities for educators to engage with the judicial branch; oversees the Supreme Court’s website; creates and distributes press releases; and coordinates messaging campaigns.
Manages the Supreme Court budget and assets, processes financial transactions and invoices, and provides accurate, timely financial information to the Court and other government officials.