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Court Cases Many, Jury Verdicts Few

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New statistics out this week show about 13-hundred cases, out of one-point-six-million new ones filed in Indiana trial courts last year, were decided by a jury in 2012.  Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice and Hobart-native Brent Dickson voiced concern, saying it means fewer people are being exposed to how the judicial system works. The 2012 Indiana Judicial Service and Probation Report also showed more than 300-thousand cases involved people going to court last year without an attorney.
News Release:  1.6 million new cases were filed in Indiana trial courts in 2012.  The information is available in a collection of reports just released.  The reports include the 2012 Indiana Judicial Service Report and Probation Report, Supreme Court Annual Report, and a new website with comparative data.  For the links, click here:  http://in.gov/activecalendar/EventList.aspx?fromdate=11/4/2013&todate=11/17/2013&display=&type=public&eventidn=141759&view=EventDetails&information_id=190133

Chief Justice Brent E. Dickson pointed to the accessibility of the reports, “There are multiple volumes with more than 1800 pages of information.  We have printed a limited number of hard copies and made all of the information available on our website.”
The reports provide details about court operations at the county and appellate level.  The following is just some of the information available (calendar year 2012, unless otherwise noted).
  • 1.6 million new cases were filed in Indiana trial courts
  • The Supreme Court was asked to review 1012 cases (fiscal year 2012-2013)
  • 1,338 civil and criminal jury trials were held statewide
  • 307,612 cases statewide included an individual who went to court without a lawyer
  • 235 murder cases were filed in trial courts
  • 33,876 mortgage foreclosures were filed in the state
  • 11,325 Child In Need of Services (CHINS) cases were filed
  • 13,077 cases included children served by the GAL/CASA program
  • An interpreter was used in 11,564 trial court cases
  • 5,900 cases statewide were referred to Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 124,322 adults were under supervision by court probation departments
  • Cities, towns, townships, counties, and the state spent $386 million to operate the courts
  • Filing fees, court costs, user fees, and fines generated $205 million in revenue
The Indiana Judicial Service Report and Indiana Probation Report are produced annually by the Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration.  Executive Director Lilia Judson noted the requirement of the report by Indiana statute (IC 33-24-6-3) and Supreme Court administrative rules.  “We created the first report in 1976 with handwritten charts.  Today, we gather the information electronically and publish it online.  This year, a new website allows users to compare data easily such as caseloads between counties.”
 
The reports referenced above can be found online including: 2012 Indiana Judicial Service Report and Probation Report [ http://www.in.gov/judiciary/admin/3118.htm ], Supreme Court Annual Report [ http://www.in.gov/judiciary/supreme/2484.htm ], and the website with comparative data [ https://publicaccess.courts.in.gov/icor/report


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