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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ind. Courts - "Marion County Traffic Court closed until further notice"

Justin Mack reports in today's Indianapolis Star:

Marion County Traffic Court closed without warning Wednesday, resulting in court dates being postponed and rescheduled.

Notices placed on the front doors of the building at 8115 E. Washington St. notified residents that the facility will remain closed until further notice. The letter also cites "mechanical issues" as the reason for the closure.

Visitors who had court slated for Wednesday were informed that their appointment would be rescheduled. If a payment for a citation was due Wednesday, a one-day extension was granted.

Residents who have tickets to pay should return to the building on Thursday or call (317) 327-5741. Calls have been placed to court officials seeking more information about the closure.

The locked doors plastered with notices took many visitors by surprise. One by one, people who had Wednesday appointments walked to the front of the building and read the notices with confused stares.

"I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do now," said Avery Stokes, an Indianapolis resident who was providing a ride to someone who had a Wednesday court appointment. "I moved around work hours and lost money to be here today, but I'm the only one who can get him up here. I'm not trying to go through all that again."

See also this WTHR 13 story by Steve Jefferson that reports:
As of Wednesday morning, the building had no running water. The judge over traffic court suspended all hearings for right now.

The traffic court building is located at 8115 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis.

Drivers have shown up for traffic court at the building all day Wednesday only to find the doors locked.

The court handles about 150 cases per session and receives payment for citations from an additional 100 people during the average business day.

Sources tell Eyewitness News that the building and strip mall that houses the traffic court facility had a broken water meter needing repair.

Marion County court officials have reportedly received notice of the repairs and that they could resume business as usual.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 10, 2016 09:19 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts