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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Ind. Courts - "Greene County's First Magistrate Judge Sworn In"

There are plenty of photos in this story from last Friday, reported by Anna Rochelle, Editor, Greene County Daily World. A few quotes:

Greene County's first magistrate judge was sworn in during a ceremony in the Greene County Courthouse on Thursday afternoon.

Judge Lucas Rudisill was introduced by Greene Circuit Court Judge Erik "Chip" Allen and Greene Superior Court Judge Dena Martin to a standing-room-only crowd gathered to witness the historic moment for the county's court system.

The addition of a magistrate court promises to relieve the growing caseload burdening both existing Greene County courts. * * *

Earlier this year, seven Indiana counties were given approval to appoint new magistrate judges to serve their local courts and the legislation was signed by the governor on May 5. The new law, which went into effect on July 1, also expanded the abilities of a magistrate judge, allowing them to approve criminal plea agreements, approve settlements in civil matters, and approve dissolutions and other agreements in domestic relations and paternity actions.

A magistrate must be admitted to practice law in Indiana but may not engage in the practice of law while holding the office of magistrate. Under Indiana law, a magistrate may perform a number of duties including: administer oaths, solemnize marriages, take and certify affidavits and depositions, order subpoenas, issue warrants, set bail, enforce court rules, conduct various hearings and trials, enter orders, conduct sentencing hearings and impose sentences, and issue judgments in small claims cases and issue protective orders to prevent domestic or family violence.

Unlike the county's two current judge positions, the new magistrate is an appointed position, selected by the Greene and Superior Court judges who will oversee the activities of the magistrate.

One photo from the story is captioned:
This is a photo taken a few months ago of the posting of one day's docket of cases scheduled to be heard in Greene Circuit and Greene Superior Courts. The length of the schedule leaves little doubt that local courts have been bearing a heavy case load. (Photo by Anna Rochelle)

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 21, 2015 09:27 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts