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The Clark County Judicial System consists of 6 Courts:

  • Clark Circuit Court #1
  • Clark Circuit Court #2
  • Clark Circuit Court #3
  • Clark Circuit Court #4
  • Clark County Unified Probation
  • Jeffersonville City Court
  • Clarksville Town Court
  • The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney is responsible for filing criminal cases in each of these 6 Courts, all of which have jurisdiction to hear criminal cases. Once filed, criminal cases are allocated to a particular Judge based upon Local Rules of Practice first adopted in 1995.

    Generally, misdemeanor cases are filed in the city/town court in the jurisdiction where they are allegedly committed. Other misdemeanor and traffic cases and all Level 5 and 6 Felony cases are filed in the Clark Circuit Court #3. All Felony drug cases are filed in Clark Circuit Court #2. Juvenile cases are filed in Clark Circuit Court #4. Murder and Level 1, 2, 3, and 4 Felony cases are filed in Clark Circuit Court #1 or Clark Circuit Court #4.

    Effective January 1, 2012, all Superior Courts in Clark County became Circuit Courts with 4 Divisions. The Clark Superior Court #1 became the Clark Circuit Court #4. The Clark Superior Court #2 became the Clark Circuit Court #2. The Clark Superior Court #3 became the Clark Circuit Court #3. The Clark Circuit Court became the Clark Circuit Court #1.

    Indiana Code 33-33-10-2 allows for two full-time Clark County Magistrates, who are appointed by and serve at the discretion of the Clark Circuit Court Judges. A Magistrate must be admitted to the practice of law in the state of Indiana and serves with almost the same power and authority as the sitting Judge. (IC 33-23-5) In Clark County, the Small Claims Docket and Protective Orders are handled almost exclusively by Magistrates. Magistrate Kenneth R. Abbott was appointed in 1999 and has continued to serve since that time. Magistrate William A. Dawkins Jr. was appointed in 2007 and has continued to serve since that time.


    CLARK CIRCUIT COURT #1

    Indiana's Fourth Judicial Circuit, consisting of Clark County, was established by statute (IC 33-4-1-10) pursuant to the Indiana Constitution at Article VII, § 7, which authorizes the election of a Clark Circuit Court Judge for a term of six (6) years without limitations, and requires the Judge to be a resident of Clark County and admitted to the practice of law in the state of Indiana. Effective January 1, 2012, the Clark Circuit Court became the Clark Circuit Court #1.

    The Clark Circuit Court has original jurisdiction to preside over all civil and criminal cases. (IC 33-28-1-2) The Court also has appellate jurisdiction to hear appeals from the Jeffersonville City Court and the Clarksville Town Court. Unlike traditional appeals, appeals from City and Town Courts are tried de novo in the Clark Circuit Court. (Indiana Rules of Court, Rules of Trial De Novo) Effective December 31, 2011, the Charlestown City Court was abolished by Charlestown City Ordinance, and the Sellersburg Town Court was abolished by Sellersburg Town Ordinance.

    The Clark Circuit Court is located on the 2nd Floor on the East Wing of the County Government Building at 501 East Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 (812) 285-6308. The Clark Circuit Court Probation Office is located on the 3rd Floor on the West Wing of the County Government Building at 501 East Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 (812) 285-6314.

    The current Clark Circuit Court #1 Judge, Andrew Adams, was elected in 2014, and began service in 2015.

    Judge Andrew Adams
    Judge Andrew Adams
    STAFF
    Sherry Routh
    Leann Holloway
    Adrianne Fuller
    Tammy Bussey
    Sandy Grace

    Probate Administrator
    Chief Court Reporter
    Court Reporter
    Court Reporter
    Court Reporter

    CLARK CIRCUIT COURT / CLARK CIRCUIT COURT #1 JUDGES

    Andrew Adams
    Daniel E. Moore
    Abraham A. Navarro
    Daniel F. Donahue
    Clifford H. Maschmeyer
    James L. Bottorff
    George C. Kopp
    James W. Fortune
    Harry C. Montgomery
    James K. Marsh
    George H. D. Gibson
    Charles P. Ferguson
    Simeon K. Wolfe
    John S. Davis
    George A. Bickwell
    William T. Otto
    2015 - present
    2009 - 2014
    2008 - 2008
    1987 - 2008
    1963 - 1986
    1939 - 1962
    1927 - 1938
    1915 - 1926
    1905 - 1914
    1899 - 1904
    1893 - 1898
    1881 - 1882
    1881 - 1881
    1877 - 1880
    1853 - 1876
    1844 - 1852


    CLARK CIRCUIT COURT #4 (FORMERLY CLARK SUPERIOR COURT #1)

    The Clark Superior Court #1 was created by statute in 1967. At that time, it was given no jurisdiction to hear criminal cases or probate matters. It had concurrent jurisdiction with the Clark Circuit Court in civil cases, and exclusive jurisdiction over divorce and juvenile proceedings. The statute prescribed a four (4) year term of Office, and required the Judge to be a resident of Clark County and admitted to the practice of law in the state of Indiana. In 1976, the statute was amended to prescribe a six (6) year term of Office. In 1982, the statute was amended to make the jurisdiction of the court the same as the Clark Circuit Court. Effective January 1, 2012, the Clark Superior Court #1 became the Clark Circuit Court #4.

    The Clark Circuit Court has original jurisdiction to preside over all civil and criminal cases. (IC 33-28-1-2) The Court also has appellate jurisdiction to hear appeals from the Jeffersonville City Court and the Clarksville Town Court. Unlike traditional appeals, appeals from City and Town Courts are tried de novo in the Clark Circuit Court. (Indiana Rules of Court, Rules of Trial De Novo) Effective December 31, 2011, the Charlestown City Court was abolished by Charlestown City Ordinance, and the Sellersburg Town Court was abolished by Sellersburg Town Ordinance.

    The Clark Superior Court #1 is located on the 2nd Floor on the East Wing of the County Government Building at 501 East Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 (812) 285-6294. The Adult and Juvenile Court Probation Office of Clark Superior Court #1 is also located on the 3rd Floor on the East Wing of the County Government Building at 501 East Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 (812) 285-6300.

    The current Clark Circuit Court #4 Judge, Vicki L. Carmichael, was first elected to that Office in 2008 after serving as Jeffersonville City Court Judge (2001-2007) and began service in 2009.

    Judge Vicki L. Carmichael
    Judge Vicki L. Carmichael

    STAFF
    Lori Fleeman
    Adrian Anderson
    Terri Datillo
    Kim Chappelle
    Office Manager / Court Reporter
    Court Reporter
    Court Reporter
    Court Reporter / Bailiff

    CLARK COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT #1 / CIRCUIT COURT #4 JUDGES
    Vicki L. Carmichael
    Jerome F. Jacobi
    Clementine B. Barthold
    Harry S. Paynter
    Warren W. Martin
    2007 - present
    1995 - 2006
    1983 - 1994
    1973 - 1982
    1967 - 1972


    CLARK CIRCUIT COURT #2 (FORMERLY CLARK SUPERIOR COURT #2)

    The Clark Superior Court #2 was created by statute in 1982. The statute prescribed a six (6) year term of Office, and required the Judge to be a resident of Clark County and admitted to the practice of law in the state of Indiana. The jurisdiction of the court was the same as the Clark Circuit Court. Effective January 1, 2012, the Clark Superior Court #2 became the Clark Circuit Court #2.

    The Clark Circuit Court has original jurisdiction to preside over all civil and criminal cases. (IC 33-28-1-2) The Court also has appellate jurisdiction to hear appeals from the Jeffersonville City Court and the Clarksville Town Court. Unlike traditional appeals, appeals from City and Town Courts are tried de novo in the Clark Circuit Court. (Indiana Rules of Court, Rules of Trial De Novo) Effective December 31, 2011, the Charlestown City Court was abolished by Charlestown City Ordinance, and the Sellersburg Town Court was abolished by Sellersburg Town Ordinance.

    The Clark Superior Court #2 is located on the 2nd Floor on the East Wing of the County Government Building at 501 East Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, In 47130 (812) 285-6333. The Clark Superior Court #2 Probation Office is located on the 3rd Floor on the West Wing of the County Government Building at 501 East Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 (812) 285-6322.

    The current Clark Circuit Court #2 Judge, Brad Jacobs, was elected to that Office in 2014 and began service in 2015.

    Judge Brad Jacobs
    Judge Brad Jacobs

    STAFF
    Linda Johnson
    Darla Stahl
    Stacy Kelley
    Janet Vonderhaar
    Reannen Bosworth
    Chief Court Reporter
    Court Reporter
    Court Reporter
    Court Reporter
    Court Reporter

    CLARK COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT #2 / CIRCUIT COURT #2 JUDGES
    Brad Jacobs
    Jerome F. Jacobi
    Cecile A. Blau
    George A. Jacobs
    2015 - present
    2009 - 2014
    1997 - 2008
    1982 - 1996


    CLARK CIRCUIT COURT #3 (FORMERLY CLARK SUPERIOR COURT #3)

    The Clark County Court was created by statute in 1976. At that time, the civil jurisdiction of the Court was limited to actions where the amount in controversy was less than $3000. Criminal jurisdiction was limited to misdemeanors. The statute prescribed a four (4) year term of Office, and required the Judge to be a resident of Clark County and admitted to the practice of law in the state of Indiana. (IC 33-10.5-2)

    In 1979, the criminal jurisdiction of the County Court was increased to include Class D Felonies. In 1984, the statute was amended to prescribe a six (6) year term of Office. In 1995, the Clark County Court was elevated to the Clark Superior Court #3. (IC 33-5-10-1.5) The Court had the same jurisdiction as the Clark Circuit Court, except that the Clark Superior Court #3 had a small claims and misdemeanor docket. Effective January 1, 2012, the Clark Superior Court #3 became the Clark Circuit Court #3.

    The Clark Circuit Court has original jurisdiction to preside over all civil and criminal cases. (IC 33-28-1-2) The Court also has appellate jurisdiction to hear appeals from the Jeffersonville City Court and the Clarksville Town Court. Unlike traditional appeals, appeals from City and Town Courts are tried de novo in the Clark Circuit Court. (Indiana Rules of Court, Rules of Trial De Novo) Effective December 31, 2011, the Charlestown City Court was abolished by Charlestown City Ordinance, and the Sellersburg Town Court was abolished by Sellersburg Town Ordinance.

    The Clark Superior Court #3 is located on the 2nd Floor on the East Wing of the County Government Building at 501 East Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 (812) 285-6316. The Clark Superior Court #3 Probation Office is located on the 3rd Floor on the West Wing of the County Government Building at 501 East Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 (812) 285-6322.

    The current Clark Circuit Court #3 Judge, Joe Weber, was first elected to that Office in 2008 after serving as Clarksville Town Court Judge (1988-2008) and began service in 2009.

    Judge Joe Weber
    Judge Joe Weber

    STAFF
    Dawn Wills
    Heather Brock
    Katie Clark
    Monica Snell
    Whitney Newton
    Kirra Young
    Brooke Moore
    Karla Donahue
    Julie Sumler
    Danielle Collins
    Office Manager / Court Reporter
    Court Reporter
    Court Reporter
    Court Reporter
    File Clerk
    File Clerk
    File Clerk
    Traffic Clerk / Office Manager
    Traffic Clerk
    Traffic Clerk

    CLARK COUNTY COURT / SUPERIOR COURT #3 / CIRCUIT COURT #3 JUDGES
    Joe P. Weber
    Steven M. Fleece
    Samuel K. Gwin
    2009 - present
    1985 - 2008
    1976 - 1984


    CLARK COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT UNIFIED PROBATION AND SUPERVISION

    By joint Order of the Clark County Circuit Court Judges, all Clark County Circuit Courts will have access to the services of a Unified Probation and Supervision Department. Those services include probation and bail supervision for adults and juveniles, Presentence Investigations, Clark County Alcohol and Drug Services, Home Incarceration Program and GPS monitoring, Community Service, Intensive Probation, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, and Drug Court supervision.

    STAFF
    Jamie Hayden, Chief Probation Officer
    Debbie Davis-Fetz, Financial Administration Officer
    Henry Ford, Assistant Chief - Juvenile
    Kathie Danner, Probation Officer - Juvenile
    Ryan MacGregor, Probation Officer - Juvenile
    Shannon Holt, Probation Officer - Juvenile
    Benjamin Reagan, Probation Officer - Juvenile
    Angie Olson, Probation Officer - JDAI
    Raymond Schulz, Probation Officer - JDAI
    Nancy Thomas, Probation Services Coordinator
    Pam Fleece, Placement Coordinator
    Dennis Sumler, Probation Officer - Adult Supervisor
    Anthony Todd, Probation Officer - Adult
    Candace Matthews, Probation Officer - Adult
    Terry Dorsett, Probation Officer - Adult
    Eric Watkins, Probation Officer - Adult
    Elizabeth Stark, Probation Officer - Adult
    Angela Stephens, Probation Officer - Adult
    Julie Smith, Probation Officer - Adult
    Bob Clemens, Probation Officer - CCADS Director
    Bill Delehanty, HIP Director
    Joe Renck, Community Service Coordinator
    Missi Denney, Administrative Assistant
    Janet Hurst, Administrative Assistant
    Rachel Clemons, Administrative Assistant
    Fran Pendleton, Collections
    James Reagan, Intensive Probation Supervisor
    Rupert Strawbridge, Intensive Probation Officer
    Shellie Stocksdale, Intensive Probation Officer
    Paul Lenfert, Intensive Probation Officer
    Brian Sharp, Intensive Probation Officer
    Robert Denig, Intensive Probation Officer
    Jennifer Walker, Intensive Probation Officer
    Michael Coriell, Intensive Probation Officer
    Rachael Jones, Intensive Probation Officer - PSI
    JoAnn Geoghegan, Administrative Assistant
    Kathy Furnish, Administrative Assistant
    Iris Rudadue, Intensive Probation Officer - Drug Court
    Josh Seybold, Intensive Probation Officer - Drug Court
    Karen Schneider, Administrative Assistant - Drug Court

    JEFFERSONVILLE CITY COURT

    The Jeffersonville City Court was created pursuant to statute (IC 18-1-14-1) in 1959, and began operations on January 1, 1960. With the abolition of the Justice of the Peace Courts and the reorganization of all state courts in the 1970's, City and Town Courts were abolished. However, a savings clause allowed all such Courts in existence on January 1, 1981 to continue operations. Today, any Second or Third Class City or Town may by Ordinance create or abolish a City or Town Court. The Jeffersonville City Court is one of 69 City and Town Courts across the state.

    The criminal jurisdiction of the Court is limited to misdemeanors. The civil jurisdiction of the Court is limited to cases where the amount in controversy does not exceed $500, but includes enforcement of infractions and city ordinance violations. Cases involving real estate, probate, slander, and all equitable actions are specifically excluded from the Court's jurisdiction. (IC 33-10.1-2) A City or Town Court has jurisdiction to hear misdemeanor cases which were allegedly committed outside the city/town limits, as long as it was committed within the county.

    The Prosecuting Attorney is responsible for the prosecution of misdemeanors and infractions in City and Town Courts. The City or Town Attorney is responsible for enforcement of Ordinance violations in City and Town Courts.

    Ordinarily, the Jeffersonville City Court Judge resolves issues of fact in pending cases. However, upon demand a jury trial may be held. Appeals from Judgments of the Jeffersonville City Court may be taken to the Clark Circuit Court. Unlike traditional appeals, appeals from City and Town Courts are tried de novo in the Clark Circuit Court. (Indiana Rules of Court, Rules of Trial De Novo)

    The Judge of the Jeffersonville City Court is elected during municipal elections by the legal voters of the City of Jeffersonville. The statutes prescribe a four (4) year term of Office, without limitations. The Judge of the Jeffersonville City Court must be a resident of the city of Jeffersonville during the term of Office, but need not be an attorney.

    The Jeffersonville City Court is located on the 1st Floor in the Jeffersonville City Hall, located at 500 Quartermaster Court, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 (812) 285-6431. The Jeffersonville City Court Probation Office is also located on the 1st Floor in the Jeffersonville City Hall, located at 500 Quartermaster Court, Jeffersonville, IN 47130 (812) 285-6436.

    Jeffersonville City Court Webpage

    By Jeffersonville City Ordinance, the Jeffersonville City Court has been abolished, effective December 31, 2015.

    The current Jeffersonville City Court Judge, Kenneth C. Pierce II, is an attorney licensed to practice in Indiana, first elected to that Office in 2007, and began service in 2008.

    Judge Kenneth C. Pierce II
    Judge Kenneth C. Pierce II

    STAFF
    Ruth Heid
    Debra Hughes
    Joan Garrett Little
    Court Reporter
    Chief Probation Officer
    Probation Officer

    JEFFERSONVILLE CITY COURT JUDGES
    Kenneth C. Pierce II
    R. Scott Lewis
    Vicki L. Carmichael
    Roger L. Lindsey
    Duard B. Avery, Jr.
    George A. Jacobs
    William L. Allen
    Thomas S. Pointer
    Robert L. Schnatter
    2008 - present
    2007 - 2007
    2000 - 2007
    1988 - 1999
    1976 - 1987
    1974 - 1975
    1968 - 1974
    1962 - 1967
    1960 - 1962


    CLARKSVILLE TOWN COURT

    The Clarksville Town Court was created pursuant to statute (IC 18-1-14-1) and began operations in 1972. With the abolition of the Justice of the Peace Courts and the reorganization of all state courts in the 1970's, City and Town Courts were abolished. However, a savings clause allowed all such Courts in existence on January 1, 1981 to continue operations. Today, any Second or Third Class City or Town may by Ordinance create or abolish a City or Town Court. The Clarksville Town Court is one of 69 City and Town Courts across the state.

    The criminal jurisdiction of the Court is limited to misdemeanors, and has the power to hear misdemeanor cases which were allegedly committed outside the city/town limits, as long as it was committed within the county. The Clarksville Town Court has exclusive jurisdiction over all violations of Town Ordinances. (IC 33-10.1-2)

    The Prosecuting Attorney is responsible for the prosecution of misdemeanors and infractions in the Clarksville Town Court. The Town Attorney is responsible for enforcement of Ordinance violations in the town of Clarksville.

    Ordinarily, the Clarksville Town Court Judge resolves issues of fact in pending cases. However, upon demand a jury trial may be held. Appeals from Judgments of the Clarksville Town Court may be taken to the Clark Circuit Court. Unlike traditional appeals, appeals from the Clarksville Town Court are tried de novo in the Clark Circuit Court. ((Indiana Rules of Court, Rules of Trial De Novo)

    The Judge of the Clarksville Town Court is elected during municipal elections by the legal voters of the town of Clarksville. The statutes prescribe a four (4) year term of Office, without limitations. The Judge of the Clarksville Town Court must be a resident of the town of Clarksville during the term of Office, but need not be an attorney.

    The Clarksville Town Court is located in the Town Hall behind the River Falls Mall at 2000 Broadway Street, Clarksville, IN 47129 (812) 283-1505.

    Clarksville Town Court Webpage

    Following the resignation of Clarksville Town Court Judge Mickey Weber, James F. Guilfoyle, an attorney licensed to practice in Indiana, was elected by a Precinct Caucus called to fill the vacancy. Judge Guilfoyle began his service in 2015.

    Judge James F. Guilfoyle
    Judge James F. Guilfoyle

    STAFF
    Christy Johnson
    Amanda Craig
    Teri Hill
    Jennifer Boyd
    Matt Palmer
    Norman Bratcher
    Meredith Kraft
    Chief Court Clerk
    Deputy Clerk
    Deputy Clerk
    Deputy Clerk
    Bailiff
    Bailiff
    Probation Officer

    CLARKSVILLE TOWN COURT JUDGES
    Jimmie Guilfoyle
    Mickey Weber
    Samuel K. Gwin
    Joe P. Weber
    Richard E. Dickman
    Thomas S. Pointer
    Edward N. Bolly
    2015 - present
    2011 - 2014
    2009 - 2010
    1986 - 2008
    1975 - 1986
    1974 - 1975
    1972 - 1974


    CHARLESTOWN CITY COURT (Abolished Effective December 31, 2011)


    The Charlestown City Court was created pursuant to statute (IC 18-1-14-1) in 1959, and began operations on January 1, 1960. With the abolition of the Justice of the Peace Courts and the reorganization of all state courts in the 1970's, City and Town Courts were abolished. However, a savings clause allowed all such Courts in existence on January 1, 1981 to continue operations. Today, any Second or Third Class City or Town may by Ordinance create or abolish a City or Town Court. The Charlestown City Court is one of 71 City and Town Courts across the state.

    The criminal jurisdiction of the Court is limited to misdemeanors. The civil jurisdiction of the Court is limited to cases where the amount in controversy does not exceed $500, but includes enforcement of infractions and city ordinance violations. Cases involving real estate, probate, slander, and all equitable actions are specifically excluded from the Court's jurisdiction. (IC 33-10.1-2) A City or Town Court has jurisdiction to hear misdemeanor cases which were allegedly committed outside the city/town limits, as long as it was committed within the county.

    The Prosecuting Attorney is responsible for the prosecution of misdemeanors and infractions in City and Town Courts. The City or Town Attorney is responsible for enforcement of Ordinance violations in City and Town Courts.

    Ordinarily, the City or Town Court Judge resolves issues of fact in pending cases. However, upon demand a jury trial may be held. Appeals from Judgments of the City or Town Court may be taken to the Clark Circuit Court or the Clark Superior Court. Unlike traditional appeals, appeals from City and Town Courts are tried de novo in the Clark Circuit or Superior Court. (IC 33-10.1-5-9)

    The Judge of a City or Town Court is elected during municipal elections by the legal voters of the City or Town. The statutes prescribe a four (4) year term of Office, without limitations. The Judge of the Jeffersonville City Court, the Charlestown City Court, the Clarksville Town Court, and the Sellersburg Town Court must be a resident of the city/town during the term of Office, but need not be an attorney.

    The Charlestown City Court is located in the new Town Hall on the Square at 304 Main Cross, Charlestown, IN 47111 (812) 256-3422.

    The current Charlestown City Court Judge, George W. Waters, was elected to that Office in 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, and 2007.

    CHARLESTOWN CITY COURT JUDGES
    George W. Waters
    James R. Knoebel
    Rayburn Anderson
    Clay Hall
    Harold G. Satterly
    Elizabeth Simpson
    Douglas E. Cain
    David L. James
    1988 - 2011
    1987 - 1987
    1983 - 1987
    1980 - 1983
    1976 - 1979
    1972 - 1975
    1967 - 1971
    1960 - 1967


    SELLERSBURG TOWN COURT (Abolished Effective December 31, 2011)

    The Sellersburg Town Court was created pursuant to statute (IC 33-10.1-1) with the adoption of a Town Ordinance, and began operations in January 2004. The Sellersburg Town Court is one of 71 City and Town Courts across the state.

    With the abolition of the Justice of the Peace Courts and the reorganization of all state courts in the 1970's, City and Town Courts were abolished. However, a savings clause allowed all such Courts in existence on January 1, 1981 to continue operations. Today, any Second or Third Class City or Town may by Ordinance create or abolish a City or Town Court.

    The criminal jurisdiction of the Court is limited to misdemeanors, and has the power to hear misdemeanor cases which were allegedly committed outside the city/town limits, as long as it was committed within the county. The Town Court has exclusive jurisdiction over all violations of Town Ordinances. (IC 33-10.1-2)

    The Prosecuting Attorney is responsible for the prosecution of misdemeanors and infractions in City and Town Courts. The City or Town Attorney is responsible for enforcement of Ordinance violations in City and Town Courts.

    Ordinarily, the City or Town Court Judge resolves issues of fact in pending cases. However, upon demand a jury trial may be held. Appeals from Judgments of the City or Town Court may be taken to the Clark Circuit Court or the Clark Superior Court. Unlike traditional appeals, appeals from City and Town Courts are tried de novo in the Clark Circuit or Superior Court. (IC 33-10.1-5-9)

    The Judge of a City or Town Court is elected during municipal elections by the legal voters of the City or Town. The statutes prescribe a four (4) year term of Office, without limitations. The Judge of the Jeffersonville City Court, the Charlestown City Court, the Clarksville Town Court, and the Sellersburg Town Court must be a resident of the city/town during the term of Office, but need not be an attorney.

    The Sellersburg Town Court is located at 101 South New Albany Street, Suite #110, Sellersburg, IN 47172 (812) 246-4410.

    The current Sellersburg Town Court Judge, R. Thomas Lowe, is an attorney licensed to practice in Indiana, and was elected to that Office in 2003 and 2007.

    SELLERSBURG TOWN COURT JUDGES
    R. Thomas Lowe
    2004 - 2011




    Local Rules of Practice for the Courts of the 4th Judicial Circuit,
    Clark County, Indiana (Effective January 1, 2014)

    Local Rule 5 - Allocation of Cases

    A. Applicability. This rule shall apply to all felony and misdemeanor cases filed in the Circuit Courts in Clark County, Indiana and in the Jeffersonville City Court or the Clarksville Town Court.

    B. Major Felony Cases. Except as otherwise specifically provided for, all cases which include Murder, Class A Felony, Class B Felony, or Class C Felony offenses as the most serious charged offense, shall be assigned as follows: 1. Cases alleging the most serious offense was committed during the months of February, April, June, August, October or December shall be assigned to the Judge of Clark Circuit Court No. 1. 2. Cases alleging the most serious offense was committed during the months of January, March, May, July, September, or November shall be assigned to the Judge of Clark Circuit Court No. 4. Cases with co-defendants shall be filed in the same court.

    C. Misdemeanor and Class D Felony Cases. Except as otherwise specifically provided, all cases having a Class D Felony as the most serious charge shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 3. Misdemeanor offenses occurring in Jeffersonville shall be assigned to the Judge of Jeffersonville City Court; misdemeanor offenses occurring in Clarksville shall be assigned to the Judge of Clarksville Town Court; all other misdemeanor offenses shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 3.

    D. Traffic-Related Cases. All cases which include a felony charge relating to traffic or motor vehicles, under Title 9 of the Indiana Code or Indiana Code 35-42-1 (Homicide) shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 3.

    E. Controlled Substances Cases. All Class A, Class B, Class C and Class D felony cases which include a charge related to Controlled Substances under Indiana Code 35-48 or Legend Drugs under Indiana Code 16-42 shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 2. Class D or multiple Class D Felony cases which include driving offenses shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 3.

    F. Juvenile Criminal Cases. All cases which include a misdemeanor or felony charge against a defendant alleged to be under the age of eighteen (18) at the time of the commission of the offense, shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 4. All cases which include a charge of Neglect of a Dependent or Contributing to the Delinquency under Indiana Code 35-46-1-8 or Violation of Compulsory School Attendance under Indiana Code 20-8.1-3 shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 4.

    G. Attempt, Conspiracy, and Aiding Cases. For purposes of this Rule, when a case includes a charge of Attempt under Indiana Code 35-41-5-1, Conspiracy under Indiana Code 35-41-5-1, or Aiding under Indiana Code 35-41-2-4, proper assignment of the case shall be determined by reference to the substantive offense underlying each charge.

    H. Re-filing of Dismissed Cases, In the event a criminal case is dismissed, and thereafter, the same or similar case is filed against the same defendant(s) base upon the same transaction, the case shall be assigned to the judge who entered the Order of Dismissal on the earlier case.

    I. Juvenile Paternity Cases. One-half of the Juvenile Paternity cases shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 1. One-half of the Juvenile Paternity cases shall be assigned on an equal basis to the Judges of Circuit Court No. 2 and No. 4.

    J. Other Juvenile Cases. All Juvenile CHINS cases, Juvenile Status cases, Juvenile Termination of Parental Rights cases, and Juvenile Miscellaneous cases shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 4.

    K. Mortgage Foreclosure and Civil Collection Cases. Mortgage Foreclosure cases shall be assigned on an equal basis to the Judges of Circuit Court No. 1 and Circuit Court No. 2.

    L. Civil Tort and Civil Plenary Cases. Civil Tort and Civil Plenary cases shall be assigned on an equal basis to the Judges of Circuit Court No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4. Any case involving a Clark County tax sale or conservancy district issue shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 1.

    M. Small Claims Cases. All Small Claims cases shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 3.

    N. Mental Health Cases. All Mental Health cases shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 1.

    O. Domestic Relations Cases. Domestic Relations cases shall be assigned on an equal basis to the Judges of Circuit Court No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4.

    P. Reciprocal Support Cases. All Reciprocal Support cases shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 1.

    Q. Protective Order Cases. All Protective Order cases shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 2 unless the Protective Order request is associated with a Dissolution of Marriage case filed in another court. In such instance, the Protective Order request shall be assigned to that court.

    R. Guardianship and Estate Cases. One-half of the Guardianship cases shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 1 and one-half of the Guardianship cases shall be assigned on an equal basis to the Judges of Clark Circuit Court No. 2 and No. 4. Estate cases (supervised and unsupervised) shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 1.

    S. Trust Cases. All Trust cases shall be assigned to the Judge of Circuit Court No. 1.

    T. Adoption Cases. All Adoption Cases shall be assigned on an equal basis to the Judges of the Circuit Courts.

    U. Family Court Exceptions. This subsection applies to situations of pending CHINS or juvenile delinquency matters in Circuit Court No. 4. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Rule, when a family law case (e.g., dissolution, paternity, guardianship, adoption, reciprocal support) or a modification of an existing family law case involving the same family in the pending CHINS or juvenile delinquency matter is presented to the Clerk for filing, that matter shall be filed in or transferred to Circuit Court No. 4. When a CHINS or juvenile delinquency case is filed in Circuit Court No. 4 after a family law case has been filed in any other court, the judge with jurisdiction over the family law case shall transfer that case to Circuit Court No. 4. The Judge of Circuit Court No. 4 may request a transfer of certain criminal cases where those cases have a direct impact on allocation of parenting time or placement of the child in a pending CHINS or delinquency matter.

    V. Exceptions for Defendant with Pending Cases. When a new criminal case filing involves a defendant who has a pending criminal case, other than a Petition to Revoke Probation, the provisions of this subsection shall apply. If a defendant has a pending case in Circuit Court No. 1 or Circuit Court No. 4 and is charged with a new offense that is not (1) a traffic or driving related offense or (2) a felony drug or controlled substance offense, the new case shall be filed where the current case is pending. If a defendant has a pending case in Circuit Court No. 2 or Circuit Court No. 3 that is not (1) a traffic or driving related offense or (2) a felony drug or controlled substance offense, and a new case is filed against that defendant in Circuit Court No. 1 or Circuit Court No. 4, the pending case in the other court shall be transferred to Circuit Court No. 1 or Circuit Court No. 4 upon the filing of the new charge.

    W. Transfer of Cases. When a Judge of the Circuit Court deems it appropriate, and consistent with the authority granted to these Courts by statute, any Judge of such Courts may enter an Order, after initial filing, transferring any civil, family or criminal case to the docket of any such other Court in Clark County.

    X. Error in Case Assignments. Any error in the assignment of a criminal case shall not constitute grounds for an appeal or post-conviction relief unless actual bias or prejudice of the judge hearing the case is demonstrated

    Y. Clerk Management of Case Assignment Process. The Clerk of the Circuit Courts shall, upon the approval of the Judges of each such Court, implement and manage an appropriate, efficient system for distribution of cases described in the foregoing subsections as being the object of assignment "on an equal basis."

    (Amended effective January 1, 2014)


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