You may not have learned everything you needed to know as a practicing lawyer (or judicial officer) in law school. If you have questions about how to solve a legal problem you haven’t faced before, you may feel unsure where to begin. For some legal issues, you can access the same materials judges and court staff use at no cost to you and accessible 24 hours a day.
The Indiana Judicial Center website offers a variety of forms, instructions and manuals on some highly specialized topics. Need the forms for a CHINS proceeding? Or juvenile delinquency? No problem. Want to master the rules for access to public records in the courts? Your wish is granted! Encountering problems with a commercial driver’s license (CDL)? Or an attorney discipline case? Take a look.
The Judicial Center’s website also includes manuals for civil protection orders, small claims cases and judicial administration. Many of these resources were prepared by committees of judges and judicial staff. However, as with any legal resource, a thorough practitioner verifies information before relying upon it!
David Certo is a member of the executive committee of the IndyBar Litigation Section. He is a judge of the Marion Superior Court assigned to Criminal Court 12 and the Indianapolis Veterans Court. Judge Certo served on the Indiana Judicial Center committee that revised the Protection Order Deskbook.
According to Indiana Code of Judicial Conduct, Rule 3.10, “A judge shall not practice law.” This article is not intended and does not purport to give legal advice. Please consult an attorney for legal counsel. Any opinions contained in this article are the author’s own.