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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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Indiana Supreme Court rules Evansville can’t ban smoking at bars but allow it at casino

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- The Indiana Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that Evansville’s only casino could not be treated differently than area bars and clubs under the city’s smoking ban. The ruling concluded that the 2012 ordinance conflicted with the Equal Privileges and Immunities Clause of the Indiana Constitution. “Today we hold that this […]

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Judges could carry firearms under proposed bill

By Ryanne Wise TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Judges could soon be allowed to carry firearms into the courtroom under a new Senate bill. Senate Bill 3, authored by Brent Steele, R-Bedford, would allow judges to carry firearms when they “engage in the execution of the law enforcement officer’s official duties.” Indiana law currently allows prosecutors and […]

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State of the Judiciary focuses on financial and adminstrative successes

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The State of the Judiciary started early Wednesday, reinforcing Chief Justice Brent Dickson’s claim that the judiciary is one of the most efficient organizations in the state. Dickson’s annual review of the judiciary branch focused on the financial and administrative successes of the branch, as well as previewing his […]

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Indiana Supreme Court clears hurdle for Rockport coal-to-gas plant

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The developers of a controversial coal-to-gas plant planned for Rockport say the Indiana Supreme Court has handed them a decisive victory in a battle over whether a deal to build it complied with state law. But a utility company that’s been fighting the project argues the opposite. The 5-0 […]

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IN Supreme Court to allow cameras on Ntl. Adoption Day

By Jacie Shoaf TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – In celebration of National Adoption Day, the Indiana Supreme Court will be allowing still photography, audio and video coverage of a select number of uncontested adoptions from Friday through Nov. 22. Typically photography and audio and visual recordings aren’t permitted inside Indiana courtrooms. For this limited time – and […]


Courts get 1.6 million new cases in 2012

Staff report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state’s trial courts received 1.6 million new cases and held 1,338 civil and criminal jury trials last year, according to a new annual report. The 2012 Indiana Judicial Service and Probation Report also found that more than 300,000 cases last year involved an individual who went to court without […]