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Indiana’s judicial system is on track to achieve statewide electronic filing in all courts by early 2019 at the latest.

The state’s Supreme Court justices outlined the latest information from the court’s annual report Tuesday.

Seventy percent of all new cases statewide in the last year were filed through Odyssey, Indiana’s primary court data system. That’s up from 65 percent the year before.

State Supreme Court Considers DCS Caseload Lawsuit

Jun 1, 2017

The Indiana Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday over whether a Department of Child Services caseworker’s lawsuit against the agency will move forward.

Only one of Indiana’s 19 DCS regions meets mandatory caseload limits at this time.

State law says DCS must provide enough caseworkers so that the average caseload in each region doesn’t exceed 12 active cases or 17 children supervised.

Supreme Court Hears Martial Arts Injury Case At Ball State

Oct 28, 2016

The Indiana Supreme Court gaveled into session at Ball State University on Thursday, hearing a sports injury case in front of an auditorium full of high school students.  Justices say they hear a few cases out of the courtroom each year to show the public what they do.

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Eric Holcomb officially became Indiana’s 51st Lieutenant Governor Thursday.  The longtime Hoosier political figure replaces Sue Ellspermann, who left to pursue a job at Ivy Tech.

A veritable who’s who of Indiana government gathered at the Statehouse to watch Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa swear in Eric Holcomb.  The balconies ringing the atrium were crowded with lobbyists, lawmakers and politicos, all to see a ceremony that’s taken place in the middle of a term only twice in the last century. 

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At the heart of the dispute between Indiana and computer giant IBM is whether the technology firm’s failures in the contract to modernize the state’s welfare system were enough to justify Indiana terminating the whole contract…and getting damages afterward. 

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Indiana’s Supreme Court justices suggested in oral arguments Thursday that unions’ problem with the state’s right to work law isn’t with the state. It’s with the federal government.

The court heard arguments today in a lawsuit the International Operating Engineers union brought against the state, challenging the controversial state statute.

Indiana’s right to work law bars union contracts that require non-members pay fees for representation.

IN Justices hear school voucher oral arguments

Nov 21, 2012

The Indiana Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday morning in a challenge of the state’s voucher law. More than 9,000 students are participating in the two-year-old program, which allows students to attend private schools using state-funded vouchers. But nearly all of the 289 schools that accept vouchers are religious.

Indiana State Teachers Association Vice President Teresa Meredith and a group of parents and teachers filed suit against the state voucher law because they say providing state support to private, religious schools is unconstitutional.

Only one woman has sat on Indiana’s Supreme Court, but the state’s Lieutenant Governor believes a second may be named soon.

Becky Skillman says Governor Mitch Daniels would like to appoint a female justice to replace Frank Sullivan who is stepping down at the end of the year.

She says doing so would provide the court with a unique perspective and the state is better served when there is a diverse group of justices.

Governor Daniels is tasked with appointing his second justice this year.

He selected Mark Massa to replace Randall Shepard who retired last month.

Former state and federal prosecutor Mark Massa will replace retiring Chief Justice Randall Shepard on the Indiana Supreme Court.  

Mark Massa began his legal career as Chief Justice Shepard’s law clerk and has also spent time as Governor Mitch Daniels’ chief counsel.  Massa says he’s humbled by the appointment.

“This is a sobering responsibility and an honor that it really beyond words.”