Thursday, February 07, 2013
Ind. Courts - More on: Gary-based child support court move to Crown Point reignites controversy
CROWN POINT | Lake County commissioners are joining a lawsuit to keep a Gary courtroom where thousands of child-support disputes are resolved annually from moving south to Crown Point.
The three-member executive board voted to intervene in litigation filed by the cities of Gary and East Chicago and the NAACP to stop Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura from consolidating her child support staff, now split between Gary and Crown Point courtrooms. The move would leave vacant a courtroom she has operated in the Justice Robert D. Rucker Courthouse at Fourth Avenue and Broadway in Gary.
Commissioners Roosevelt Allen, D-Gary, and Mike Repay, D-Hammond, said closing the Gary venue would inconvenience thousands, primarily single mothers with children, who use the court. Bonaventura has said the consolidation will make her court more efficient.
Lake Circuit Judge George Paras in Crown Point will hear arguments Friday from both sides about whether to issue a restraining order to block the move.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 7, 2013 02:22 PM
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