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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Ind. Courts - "Lake community courts gain expanded civil jurisdiction"

Dan Carden reported yesterday in the NWI Times:

Lake County residents filing civil lawsuits worth up to $6,000 can bring their cases to most city courts and one town court starting July 1, instead of being required to seek relief at the county's small claims court.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law House Enrolled Act 1307, increasing the the maximum amount in controversy eligible for a decision by the city courts in Crown Point, East Chicago, Gary, Hammond and Hobart, as well as the Merrillville Town Court.

The current civil case limit in those municipalities is $3,000, which will remain the maximum for the Lake Station, Lowell, Schererville and Whiting courts.

Supporters of the change believe having the county's largest municipal courts match their civil jurisdiction limit to the small claims court will improve the efficiency of the county courts and produce more revenue for cities and towns, since they keep a larger share of filing fees from their courts.


Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 6, 2015 12:29 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts