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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Ind. Courts - "Realignment shows court is adjusting to reality of meth era"

From the Evansville Courier & Press, an editorial about changes in the Vanderbergh County courts. Some quotes:

And now comes the Vanderburgh County Superior Court which, after years of operating on a basic rotation system, is adjusting to the realities of the day, that is, the impact of drug abuse, not only on the users, but on their families.

The courts are seeing an extraordinary number of children being removed from their homes because of the presence of drugs and drug users in their homes.

Judge Wayne Trockman, who created the drug court and other such special court programs, and who will assume responsibility for drug and alcohol cases, said the courts have been slower than law enforcement to deal with impact of methamphetamine of Vanderburgh County. But now that is about to change.

Chief Superior Court Judge Mary Margaret Lloyd told Courier & Press staff writer Mark Wilson that changes in the seven-judge court structure, to take effect in September, will better help the court to handle cases involving substance abuse and addiction, and address the growing backlog of paternity causes. * * *

[T]hese changes are expected to help the court deal with the growing number of Children In Need of Services (CHINS) cases, which have skyrocketed. These are cases in which children are removed from unfit homes, mainly because of meth in those homes.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 15, 2012 09:43 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts