Koch: House passes pair of court efficiency bills

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Friday, January 29, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 29, 2016) – The Indiana House of Representatives this week voted unanimously to pass two bills aimed at improving local court systems across Indiana.

House Bill (HB) 1322, authored by State Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford), would equalize the jurisdiction of local courts to allow flexibility for case allocation by amending statutes that currently limit circuit, superior or probate court authority.

“Litigation can be a lengthy and expensive process,” Koch said. “This bill allows more local control of caseload allocation between courts, which in turn resolves cases in a more timely and efficient manner.”

The other bill approved by the House was co-authored by Rep. Koch. HB 1047 would assist local judges by creating a “motion clerk” pilot program. This position could be filled by an attorney, a senior judge or a third-year law student. The motion clerk would provide research and writing support for complex legal motions pending before circuit and superior court judges, freeing judges to resolve other matters in a more timely and efficient manner.  At least five counties would be selected through the Indiana Judicial Center to participate in the pilot program.

Both bills will now move to the Senate for further consideration. To read more about these bills visit www.in.gov/iga.  

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Rep. Koch (R-Bedford) represents all of Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.