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Materials from the 2011 Spring Judicial College Program

Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, April 27-29, 2011

An Introduction to Mental Health Disorders

Materials submitted by George Parker, M.D., Director of Forensic Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis; and Jamie Wiles, M.D., Clinical Director of Mental Health Services, Correctional Medical Services (CMS).

Session Presentation (Introduction to Mental Health Disorders)
46 pages | 791 kb

Session Presentation (Behavioral Health Services at Indiana DOC)
15 pages | 51 kb

This program presented a primer on the most common and most serious mental health disorders, focusing on the typical symptoms of psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and major childhood disorders, with brief comments on the treatment approaches for these disorders.  It covered material discussed in previous sessions at Indiana Judicial Conference meetings. The second part of the program was a presentation on how the Indiana Department of Correction provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to offenders in their custody.  The organization and extent of services was described, along with some of the challenges faced by mental health professionals when working in prison settings.

Best Practices in Small Claims, From Commencement to Collection

Materials submitted by Earl Penrod, Gibson Superior Court.

Session Presentation
50 pages | 371 kb

This interactive, practical course helped attendees to identify, analyze, and evaluate techniques and approaches that may benefit a judicial officer in meeting the small claims objective of dispensing speedy justice between the parties.  Although general statutory provisions and rules of practice, procedure, pleadings, or evidence are not binding in small claims courts, this discussion-oriented course focused on the multitude of procedural and substantive issues that arise in small claims cases, particularly with self-represented litigants unfamiliar with court procedures or applicable legal provisions.   A variety of topics was addressed including:

commencement of the small claim and the new affidavit requirement effective January 1, 2011, "S.C. Rule 8" docket management issues and the judge's proper role in supplementary proceedings for collection, with reference to the relevant Court of Appeals decisions from late 2010.  Additionally, there was consideration and analysis of some substantive areas that regularly arise in small claims courts including landlord-tenant relations and collection cases.

Connecting the Acronyms in Sentencing: PSI, IRAS & EBP

Materials submitted by Kimberly Maus, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Bartholomew County Probation Department; Cynthia McCoy, Chief Probation Officer, Grant County Probation Department; Chris Monroe, Bartholomew Superior Court #1; and Mark Spitzer, Grant Circuit Court.

Session Presentation
110 pages | 658 kb

You have heard the theory behind risk assessment and evidence-based practices.  This program took theory to practice.  A faculty team composed of judges and probation officers discussed the interplay between the presentence investigation report, use of the risk assessment tool, and how the information gathered can be used to sentence offenders more effectively.  Program content also included a discussion on evidence-based practices, what works, and evaluating program content for evidence-based practices.

Court Administrivia: The Newest Game Show in Town

Materials submitted by James Walker, Director of Trial Court Management.

Session Presentation
72 pages | 423 kb

This session focused on an often frustrating but always essential aspect of being a judicial officer – the management of court records and the administration of your court.  Through an interactive game show format, this course addressed things such as accessing court records under Administrative Rule 9, creating the right CCS and RJO entries, managing the use of senior judges, tracking the use of judicial officers working in your court, timely administrative reporting to state agencies such as the DOC, BMV, and ISP, preparing your local rules, and knowing where to find the answers to a host of administrative questions. 

Litigants with Language Barriers

Materials submitted by Enrica Ardemagni, Professor of Spanish and Director of Certificate in Translation Studies, IUPUI-Indianapolis; Lilia Judson, Executive Director, Division of State Court Administration.

Session Presentation
64 pages | 1 mb

The need for qualified interpreter services in Indiana’s courtrooms continues to rise. Court rule, case law, state statute, and federal law all govern access to the court system for litigants with language barriers, also known as limited English proficient (LEP) litigants. This nuts and bolts program focused on issues judicial officers face in providing language access in the court including: the types of language interpretation, interpreters and “certified” interpreters, payment for interpreter services, the impact of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on language access and LEP’s, Department of Justice requirements and LEP plans, among others.

Parenting Time

Materials submitted by William Fee, Steuben Superior Court.

Session Presentation (Indiana's Parenting Time Guidelines Review)
8 pages | 110 kb

This session presented the draft revisions to the Parenting Time Guidelines and accepted comments and questions.  There was also a discussion of parenting coordination. Last, there was a lively and informative presentation from Charlie Asher, creator of Up to, a tool for divorcing parents. 

Potpourri of Family Law Issues

Session Handout (Complex Issues that May Arise Under the Child Support Guidelines)
3 pages | 45 kb

Session Handout (2010 Child Support Guidelines Amendments, Mag. Craig Bobay)
8 pages | 45 kb

Session Handout (Child Support Guidelines Amendments Regarding Social Security Benefits)
3 pages | 45 kb

A panel of experts was on hand to address some complicated issues arising in domestic relations courts.  The Deputy Director from the Indiana Child Support Bureau tackled several issues, including income withholding orders and the federal income withholding form, Title IVD funding for courts, and recent changes to the paternity affidavit.  Members of the Domestic Relations Committee then took on some challenging issues that often arise under the Child Support Guidelines, such as zero-dollar support orders, rounding-up errors, medical support, social security and disability, and split parenting time credit. 

Psychiatric Evaluations for the Courts

Materials submitted by George Parker, M.D., Director of Forensic Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.

Session Presentation (Criminal Forensic Psychiatric Evaluations: Practice & Outcomes)
76 pages | 1.3 mb

This session covered the most common situations when judicial officers will review psychiatric evaluations: civil commitment, competence to stand trial, and sanity at the time of the offense.  The procedures for the various types of civil commitment, including outpatient commitment, were reviewed.  The process for finding mental health professionals to do court-ordered competence evaluations was discussed, as will the elements of a thorough competence report. In addition, the process of competence restoration was described.  The issue of unrestorability was reviewed in light of recent decisions by the Indiana Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Finally, the assessment of sanity at the time of the offense was discussed. 


Materials submitted by attorneys from the Indiana Judicial Center.

Session Outline
40 pages | 282 kb

Part 1: The Sentencing Hearing & Sentencing Considerations
Through a series of mock sentencing hearings, this interactive two-part program looked at criminal sentencing and the criminal sentence on appeal.  Part 1 explored such topics as: sentencing hearing practices and protocols, aggravating and mitigating circumstances, double jeopardy issues, the sentence, and the statement of reasons. 

Part 2:  The Sentencing Decision & the Sentence on Appeal
Using the content from Sentencing–Part 1 as the foundation, Sentencing–Part 2 continued the discussion on the criminal sentence and the sentence on appeal.  Faculty members discussed the statement of reasons, the sentencing order, crafting the best possible sentencing statement/order, sentence length and appropriate sentences, the sentence on appeal, and appellate review.

Staff as a Reflection of the Judge: Court Staff Communications

Materials submitted by Barbara Harcourt, Senior Judge and Consultant, Indiana Judicial Center; and Brenda Rodeheffer, Director, Office & Employment Law Services, Division of State Court Administration.

Session Presentation (Employee Management: Communication in the Workplace)
94 pages | 3.5 mb

Session Handouts
17 pages | 264 kb

Management Blogs with Interesting Materials

This session focused on communications with court staff to manage, motivate, and provide practical information.  From strategies to encourage staff at no cost in these tight budgetary times to practical guidance on the difference between legal advice and legal information, participants learned to improve your interactions with the people who reflect directly upon them:  their own court staff. 

The Dark Side of Judging

Materials submitted by Becky Brooks, LCSW, Clinical Case Manager, Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program; Terry Harrell, Executive Director, Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program; and John Rader, Warren Circuit Court.

Session Presentation (Helping a Colleague: What do you do?)
58 pages | 2 mb

Session Handout (Resources for Managing Stress)
2 pages | 94 kb

Session Handout (Article: Judges and Depression)
6 pages | 97 kb

Session Handout (Professional Self-Care Worksheet)
2 pages | 70 kb

Judging takes an emotional toll that can affect more than the courtroom. This interactive discussion explored the problems, recommended solutions, and explained how to help a colleague. 

Witness Testimony: The Search for Truth

Materials submitted by Joseph Buckley, President, John E. Reid & Associates, Inc., Chicago, IL. 

Session Handout
14 pages | 120 kb

This session focused on techniques for assessing the demeanor and credibility of witnesses.  Attendees learned how verbal and nonverbal behavioral characteristics can indicate truthfulness or deception.