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A judge has upheld Indianapolis' smoking ban in a ruling that will be appealed directly to the Indiana Supreme Court.

In a ruling issued Monday, Marion County Superior Court Judge James Osborn ruled against a lawsuit filed by two members of the Tavern League of Indiana - The Thirsty Turtle and the Whistle Stop Inn.

Their attorney, Mark Small, had asked Osborn for an immediate ruling against the smoking ban after the state Supreme Court struck down Evansville's ban.

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A panel investigating Indiana’s pro bono legal system says lawyers shouldn’t be rewarded with continuing education credits for providing free and low-cost legal services to Hoosiers in need.  

Chief Justice Brent Dickson mentioned the need to boost pro bono efforts in his 2013 State of the Judiciary address, his first as Chief Justice. 

In his address this year, he talked about the results of a study that examined civil law cases in the state.

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Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson will step down from his position leading the Court after only two years in the job, but remain on the bench as an Associate Justice.

Dickson has been an Indiana Supreme Court Justice since 1986.  He replaced Randall Shepard as Chief Justice in May of 2012. 

The former Lafayette attorney was scheduled for mandatory retirement at age 75 in 2016 and says knowing his tenure was limited led him to Wednesday’s announcement. 

The Indiana Supreme Court, along with judges and lawyers around the state, are exploring ways to provide more free and low-cost legal services to a growing number of Hoosiers that need them.  Chief Justice Brent Dickson says the economic downturn has created increased need for pro bono services.

The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Tuesday it should not get involved in a lawsuit challenging the collection of fines handed down to House Democrats during their walkouts in the 2011 and 2012 sessions. 

In a three to two decision, Chief Justice Brent Dickson wrote for the majority, ruling the fines imposed by House Republicans were internal matters of the legislature and not subject to judicial review.

The future of a southwest Indiana coal-to-natural gas plant is in the hands of the Indiana Supreme Court. 

Rockport coal gasification plant owners Leucadia signed a 30 year contract with the state in 2011.  It requires the state to buy gas from Rockport at a predetermined price, rather than using market rates.  The state then resells the energy source.

Indiana students participating in the state’s voucher program can continue to attend private schools using taxpayer dollars after the state Supreme Court Tuesday deemed the system constitutional.

Opponents of school vouchers had hoped to sway the state’s high court with arguments that the two-year-old program hurts public schools.  Nearly all of the Indiana private schools that accept vouchers have a religious affiliation.

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Loretta Rush has been formally sworn in as the 108th justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.

A public robing ceremony was held at the statehouse this morning.

The former Tippecanoe Superior Court 3 judge has been performing her new duties since November 7th, when the official oath was administered.

Rush says the lessons learned during her time as a juvenile court judge have prepared her well for serving the state as a Supreme Court justice.

Rush is just the second woman to serve on the state Supreme Court.

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Dec 19, 2012

The public ceremony for new Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush is set for next week. The robing and oath administration event is Friday, December 28 at 10 a.m. at the Statehouse.

The hour-long ceremony will include remarks from Governor Mitch Daniels and former Supreme Court Justice Myra Selby. Selby was the first female justice on the Supreme Court.

Rush was named to the Supreme Court in September and a private ceremony was held November 7th.

She served as Tippecanoe County juvenile court judge for 14 years. Judge Faith Graham succeeded her at the county level.

Tippecanoe County’s new juvenile court judge received the oath of office from her predecessor.

Judge Faith Graham was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Loretta Rush, who now serves on the Indiana Supreme Court.

Graham says it was an honor to be sworn in by Rush and have so many members of the legal community at Monday's ceremony.