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Friday, March 14, 2014

Ind. Courts - More on: Clark County drug court back in business, conditionally

Updating this ILB post from last evening, Charlie White of the Louisville Courier Journal has a story this morning headed "Indiana high court revives embattled Clark County Drug Court." It begins:

The Indiana Supreme Court has agreed to conditionally reinstate the Clark County Drug Court, a move that means existing participants will have a chance to complete treatment and have their charges dismissed.

Jane Seigel, executive director of the Indiana Judicial Center — a branch of the high court — told Clark County judges the suspension would be lifted last Friday,March 7. The letter she sent to the judges was obtained by The Courier-Journal on Thursday.

It lists seven conditions to the six-month, temporary certification, including:

• No new participants will be admitted unless authorized by the state.

• Judge Vicki Carmichael will oversee drug court sessions, lead team meetings and supervise drug court case managers.

• A representative of the Clark County Prosecutor’s office must attend weekly team meetings and court sessions.

• A member of the defense bar must serve as an advocate for participants during weekly meetings and sessions.

• Drug court must provide the state with its policy and procedure manual, reflecting current practices.

• Drug court must cooperate with state courts during a certification review that may include interviews with all involved, observation of meetings and sessions, and case reviews.

• Drug court must provide periodic updates or reports to the state as directed.

The state also could impose additional conditions.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 14, 2014 09:53 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts