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Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Judicial Administration > Private Judges > Procedural Rules for Cases Before Private Judges Procedural Rules for Cases Before Private Judges

  • All trials conducted by a private judge shall be conducted without a jury.
  • A person serving as a private judge has, for each case that he or she hears, the same powers as the judge of a circuit court in relation to court procedure, deciding the outcome of a case, attendance of witnesses, punishment of contempt, enforcement of orders, administering of oaths, and giving all necessary certificates for the authentication of the records and proceedings.
  • All proceedings shall be of record, which shall be filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the county of proper venue and made available to the public in the same manner as circuit court records.
  • The Indiana Rules of Trial Procedure apply to all actions, and appeals may be taken in the same manner as an appeal from the circuit court.
  • Costs shall be taxed and distributed in the same manner as a case brought in a circuit court.
  • The Clerk of the Circuit Court shall serve as the clerk of court for the case and the sheriff shall serve as the sheriff of the court for the case. They shall attend the proceedings and perform the same duties relating to their offices, as they are required to do for the circuit court of the county in which the case is filed.
  • The Clerk of the Circuit Court shall provide to a private judge all the necessary books, dockets, papers, and printed blanks necessary to discharge the duties of the court.