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House Bill 1266


House Bill 1266

ARCHIVE (2011)

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DIGEST OF HB1266 (Updated April 25, 2011 3:17 pm - DI 84)


Various provisions concerning courts. Changes the expiration date of the commission on courts from June 30, 2011, to June 30, 2015. Provides that all circuit courts, superior courts, and probate courts have: (1) original and concurrent jurisdiction in all civil cases and in all criminal cases; (2) de novo appellate jurisdiction of appeals from city and town courts; and (3) in Marion County, de novo appellate jurisdiction of appeals from township small claims courts. Makes conforming amendments. Repeals the law concerning the establishment and operation of county courts. (Since January 1, 2009, no county court exists in Indiana.) Makes conforming amendments. Repeals or otherwise removes all provisions that establish a mandatory retirement age for superior court and county court judges. Makes conforming amendments. Establishes a unified circuit court for Clark County by combining the current judge of the Clark circuit court and the three judges of the Clark superior court into a unified circuit court with four judges. Specifies that the Clark superior court judges serving on December 31, 2011, serve as judges of the unified circuit court beginning January 1, 2012. Transfers all cases and other matters pending in the Clark superior court at the close of business on December 31, 2011, to the unified circuit court on January 1, 2012. Repeals provisions concerning the establishment and operation of the Clark superior court. Establishes a unified circuit court for Madison County by combining the current judge of the Madison circuit court and the five judges of the Madison superior court into a unified circuit court with six judges. Specifies that the Madison superior court judges serving on June 30, 2011, serve as judges of the unified circuit courts beginning July 1, 2011. Transfers all cases and other matters pending in the Madison superior court at the close of business on June 30, 2011, to their respective circuit courts on July 1, 2011. Repeals provisions concerning the establishment and operation of the Madison superior court. Establishes a unified circuit court for Henry County by combining the current judge of the Henry circuit court and the two judges of the Henry superior court into a unified circuit court with three judges. Specifies that the Henry superior court judges serving on June 30, 2011, serve as judges of the unified circuit court beginning July 1, 2011. Transfers all cases and other matters pending in the Henry superior court at the close of business on June 30, 2011, to the circuit court on July 1, 2011. Repeals provisions concerning the establishment and operation of the Henry superior court. Provides for the four judges of the Lake superior court county division to be: (1) nominated by the Lake County superior court judicial nominating commission and appointed by the governor; and (2) subject to the question of retention or rejection by the Lake County electorate every six years. (Current law provides that the judges of the Lake superior court county division are elected by the electorate of Lake County every six years.) Repeals provisions concerning elected judges of the county division. Makes conforming amendments.
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