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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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Commentary: When constitutions fail

By Craig Ladwig Indiana Policy Review Do we put too much stock in constitutions? What if securing liberty is harder work than putting words on paper? Our foundation tried to answer that question 20 years ago this month. It filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Legislature, which had hidden a pay raise in a package […]

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Brent Dickson to step down as Indiana chief justice

By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Chief Justice Brent Dickson announced Wednesday he will step down as the state’s highest judge before Sept. 1 after just two years in the position – but he will stay on as an associate justice until he’s forced by law to retire in 2016. “It has been a […]

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State courts to move to online filing

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state courts system is working to create an e-filling system that will let attorneys and others submit documents via the web while giving defendants and plaintiffs easier access to filings. The Division of State Court Administration is now taking bids for an e-filing manager, a company that will […]

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Supreme Court takes up case on death records

By Erika Brock TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An attorney for an Evansville newspaper on Thursday told the Indiana Supreme Court that the public should be able to find out a person’s cause of death. But the Vanderburgh County Health Department argued that state law says otherwise. The Indiana Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a lawsuit […]

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