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Monday, April 13, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - Senate bill directs a look at the Tax Court backlog

A reader has pointed the ILB to SB 423, a bill on property tax issues, currently eligible for Senate concurrence. See the language in SECTION 8, p. 15 of the April 3rd printing, which has been a part of the bill since its introduction by Sen. Kenley:

SECTION 8. IC 33-38-9-11 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2015]: Sec. 11. (a) This section applies after December 31, 2015, and before January 1, 2017.

(b) The Indiana judicial center shall review the workload and backlog of cases in the Indiana tax court and submit a report to the legislative council based on the center's review by December 1, 2016. The report must contain the following information:
(1) A review and analysis of the methods and procedures for case disposition in the Indiana tax court, including:
(A) findings concerning efficiencies of the methods and procedures in the Indiana tax court; and
(B) recommendations (if any) for necessary improvement of case dispositions in the Indiana tax court.
(2) Consideration of any reports and recommendations concerning the Indiana tax court prepared and published by the division of court administration under IC 33-24-6-3.

(c) The tax court judge and tax court personnel under IC 33-26-4-2 shall furnish to the Indiana judicial center or the center's employees all requested tax court information necessary for purposes of this section and that is not otherwise confidential.

(d) The Indiana judicial center may employ contract services for purposes of this section.

(e) The report submitted to the legislative council must be in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6.

ILB: On Sept. 14, 2014, the ILB had a lengthy post headed "Ind. Courts - A look at the Indiana Tax Court." An update followed on Nov. 18, 2014.

The ILB has heard some talk that the Tax Court is part of the business court mix that the Chief Justice is working on.

(Some readers may recall that in 2013 the General Assembly enacted IC 33-23-17, creating the Judicial Technology Oversight Committee (JTOC), with a sweeping charge - see this March 19, 2915 ILB post. Nothing that the JTOC has done has ever been released to the public. SB 423, however, requires that a written report be submitted to the legislative council.)

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 13, 2015 02:18 PM
Posted to Indiana Government