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Video & story: Rush focuses first address on modernizing court operations

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The first female chief justice in Indiana’s history, Loretta Rush, delivered the 2015 State of the Judiciary address Wednesday, focusing on modernizing court operations with a new cross-county filing system. Rush rounded out last year’s successes and outlined her initiatives for the upcoming year, including a statewide electronic filing […]

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Bill would raise mandatory retirement age for appellate judges to 80

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would raise the mandatory judicial retirement age for appellate courts from 75 years to 80 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The bill’s author, Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, said he’s tried to remove the mandatory retirement age completely with past bills, which passed the House […]

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Video & story: Banks sworn in via Skype, then temporarily steps down

Sen. Banks sworn in from Afghanistan from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jim Banks raised his right hand and swore to uphold the Indiana Constitution – just as his legislative colleagues did Tuesday as they officially took office and launched their 2015 session. But Banks, R-Columbia City, wasn’t standing at […]

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Right-to-work law is constitutional says Indiana Supreme Court

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld a controversial right-to-work law as constitutional after determining no union is required to represent a specific group of workers. The unanimous decision ends two court challenges to the law and overturns decisions by two Lake County judges who had declared it unconstitutional. Those […]

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Supreme Court: Cause of death is public record

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – County records that list a cause of death are open to the public, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a unanimous decision, the court said death certificates maintained by county health departments are subject to the Access to Public Records Act and are not covered by any exemptions. […]

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RTW fight returns to Statehouse – this time at the Supreme Court

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s right-to-work law violates the Indiana Constitution because it requires unions to provide services to non-members without compensation, an attorney representing labor groups told the state’s highest court Thursday. But a lawyer for the attorney general said the constitutional provision in question would only apply if the state […]

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Rush makes Hoosier history

Chief Justice Loretta Rush makes Hoosier history from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Justice Loretta Rush made history Monday by being sworn in as Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court – the fist woman to hold the position in the state’s history. Rush is taking the place of Brent Dickson, […]

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Rush to be sworn in Monday as Indiana’s Chief Justice

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – History will officially be made on Monday, as Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush will be formally sworn-in as Chief Justice of the state’s highest court. She is the first woman in the nearly 200 years of the court to hold the position. Current Chief Justice Brent Dickson – […]

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Analysis: New chief justice makes court more representative for women

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state will have its first female chief justice later this month when Loretta Rush takes over for Brent Dickson, who is stepping down from the position. A nominating panel picked Rush over three colleagues last week to serve as the state’s top judge. The panel’s members were adamant […]

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Loretta Rush to be first female chief justice in Indiana

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana made history Wednesday afternoon when a nominating panel selected Loretta Rush to be the next chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. She is the first woman in the nearly 200 years of the court to hold the position. “I’m thrilled to serve the state of Indiana in […]

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