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Friday, November 07, 2014

Ind. Decisions - Agreement resolves investigation of former Center Township Small Claims Court judge

The Indiana Courts has just released this statement:

The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications and former Center Township (Marion County) Small Claims Court Judge Michelle Smith Scott have entered into an agreement that Judge Scott will not perform any judicial duties. Judge Scott has agreed not to seek or accept judicial office in the future, including acting as a judge pro tempore, private judge, or temporary judge. In exchange for Judge Scott’s agreement not to serve in any judicial capacity, the Commission is closing its investigation into alleged ethical misconduct.

Under the terms of the agreement, Scott waived certain confidentiality provisions related to Commission investigations—allowing the agreement to be made public. The stipulation and agreement for resolution of investigation is attached.

Judge Scott submitted her resignation on September 11, 2014, effective October 3, 2014. While Judge Scott was still in office, the Commission began investigating allegations of misconduct involving Scott’s private marriage business, which included whether her alleged conduct failed to comply with local rules, failed to promote confidence in the judiciary, abused the prestige of judicial office to advance other interests, and was an extrajudicial activity inconsistent with her ethical obligations as a judge. The stipulation and agreement now closes the Commission’s investigation into this matter.

The Commission is the 7-member group that investigates alleged ethical misconduct by judges. Chief Justice Loretta Rush chairs the Commission. The Indiana Supreme Court has final authority over judicial discipline.

See some earlier ILB posts about Judge Michelle Scott here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 7, 2014 10:33 AM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions