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Committee Will Create Specialty 'Commercial Courts'

Joe Gratz

Indiana will soon become the twenty-second state in the nation to create a type of specialty court dedicated to business cases. 

Under the new system, counties will dedicate one or two courts to handle business cases, while the judges in those courts will receive special training and gain expertise in those legal issues. 

Indiana Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Brinegar, who’s a member of the working group, says dedicating well-trained judges to commercial courts can be a major benefit for businesses across the state.

“So that there should be more consistency in the decisions and in the application of the law,” Brinegar says.

Allen County Superior Court Judge Craig Bobay is leading the working group and says adding commercial courts can have an enormous impact on the rest of the court system.

“These cases can sometimes drag on for years in courts and thus it delays the courts developing their resources and devoting their attention to other sorts of cases, such as family cases,” Bobay says.

Bobay says the working group’s goal is to have commercial courts up and running next year. 

Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.