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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Ind. Courts - "Merrillville Town Court shuts the book on new civil cases"

Reminiscent of this story yesterday headed "Roanoke town court will no longer handle traffic tickets," the NWI Times' Chas Reilly reported in a story dated Oct. 18th that:

Civil cases have put a strain on Merrillville's Town Court and — as a result — no new civil cases will be accepted.

Merrillville Town Court Judge Gina Jones said judgments in civil cases the last several years, and people associated with civil cases are constantly pulling resources from the Town Court.

Instead of seeking a larger staff to handle operations of the civil division, Jones decided the Town Court will will address the situation by not taking new civil cases. * * *

Jones said a $139 fee is charged when civil cases are filed, and it's the only fee associated with civil cases. Merrillville Town Court can't increase the fee or charge new fees for services the court provides for civil cases, she said.

Fink said many civil cases filed in Merrillville Town Court aren't from Merrillville residents.

Jones said some Town Court systems in other municipalities don't have a civil division, so cases from other communities have been filed in Merrillville.

Although Merrillville Town Court isn't taking new civil cases, residents can file civil cases in Lake County's court system.

Based on the issues raised in the Marion County Small Claims Court investigations, the ILB would guess that many of these civil cases filed by nonresidents are debt collection cases.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 20, 2012 08:38 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts