specialty courts

Indiana Economic Development Corporation

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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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.