On Monday, October 19, the Indiana Supreme Court awarded $450,000 in court reform grants to 15 counties, 5 pro bono districts, and 1 committee. The grants were for two primary categories: to help courts better manage an increasing caseload of unrepresented or pro se litigants and to help improve the delivery of court services to litigants who are not proficient in English.
Facilitation Grants for Unrepresented Litigants:
- Clark County, Floyd County, and Pro Bono District L - $75,000
- Delaware County, Henry County, and Pro Bono District F - $50,000
- Hamilton County - $43,794
- Madison County - $50,000
- Marion County and Heartland Pro Bono District - $48,500
- Montgomery County - $9,000
- Owen County and Pro Bono District 10 - $46,617
- Spencer County and District K Pro Bono - $12,171
Limited English Proficiency Grants:
- Allen County - $23,000
- Cass County - $50,000
- Court Interpreter Program Advisory Committee of Commission on Race and Gender Fairness - $19,332
- Hamilton County - $6,206
- Harrison County - $8,500
- Newton County - $5,000
- Vanderburgh County - $9,857
The Court Reform Grant program is funded through federal reimbursements for previously uncollected expenses associated with Title IV-D enforcement actions. Since 2008, the Indiana Supreme Court has awarded more than $2.4 million in grant funding to nearly 100 trial courts and judicial agencies for projects involving unified court administration, multi-jurisdictional problem-solving courts, court performance measurement, innovative technological infrastructure, and several other types of projects.
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