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The Indiana Supreme Court went back to its roots Wednesday, holding an oral argument in the state’s original Supreme Court courtroom in Corydon.

The Supreme Court holds oral arguments around the state every year so people can see the state’s high court in their local communities. But Chief Justice Loretta Rush says the trip to the original Supreme Court courtroom in Corydon – the state’s first capitol – presented unique challenges.

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During her annual State of the Judiciary Address Wednesday, Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush said in the year of the state’s Bicentennial, the court system will seek to be, in her words, more nimble, affordable, accessible and user-friendly.

Indiana’s mounting drug crisis has captured the attention of the governor and lawmakers over the last year. Rush says it’s no different for Indiana’s trial court judges. She cites a Fayette County judge who says his county of just 23,000, saw 30 heroin overdoses in 30 days. And Rush says the state’s drug courts will play a vital role.

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The Indiana Supreme Court is deciding whether sex offenders from other states should be automatically required to put their names on Indiana's offender registry.

A 2006 law declared any sex offender required to register in another state must register in Indiana if he moves here.

Chief Justice Loretta Rush questions the ramifications of the argument that Indiana shouldn’t blindly follow stricter registry requirements from other states.

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A group of nearly 20 lawyers and judges will convene this summer to establish parameters for a new type of court in Indiana. The state already has specialty courts that try drug cases or those involving veterans – but most of those are criminal cases.

The newest courts will hear complex civil cases brought between businesses. Commercial courts exist in almost two dozen other states and help to clear cases which would otherwise bog down a docket. They’re designed to be “business friendly” – but what that means for a state is a bit of a gray area.

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The Indiana Supreme Court technology team, led by Justice Steven David and Court of Appeals judge Paul Mathias, has already begun negotiations to purchase the software needed to bring e-filing to all 92 Indiana counties. 

Mathias notes that the federal courts have already moved to e-filing, which he calls a new basic responsibility of government.

“The clerks’ shelf space at the state and local level, the postage, the copying, the collating, a person’s time all along the way -- e-filing will do away with,” Mathias says.

Indiana's First Female Chief Justice To Be Sworn In Today

Aug 18, 2014
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New Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush will be sworn in today, two weeks after her selection as the state's first female chief justice.

The former Tippecanoe County judge was appointed to the high court by former Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012.

Rush will replace current Chief Justice Brent Dickson, who announced in June that he would step down as chief justice but remain an associate justice.

Governor Mike Pence will administer the oath of office to Rush at the court's Statehouse law library.

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Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush will become Indiana’s new Chief Justice, the first woman to lead the state’s highest court.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports on the decision made Wednesday by the Judicial Nominating Commission:

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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.