Indiana Association of City and Town Court Judges

The Indiana Association of City and Town Court Judges is an affiliate group of Aim’s. The Association is made up of city and town court judges located throughout Indiana. For more information about the Association, please contact Rhonda Cook at [email protected].

Mission Statement

The mission of the Indiana Association of City and Town Court Judges is to promote and improve the effective administration of justice; to protect the status and independence of the judiciary; to promote and practice judicial efficiency and professionalism to our respective jurisdictions; and to work toward a common system of practices and procedures in order to appreciate statewide uniformity and strengthened judicial relationships.

Common Goals for the Association

  1. Establish and cultivate an acquaintance between all judges of the State of Indiana.
  2. Meet and assist each of the members in obtaining a state view of the operations of the legislative enactments and the application of state laws.
  3. Confer with the representatives of other departments of government.
  4. Render such assistance as this organization is capable of furnishing as the result of its membership having experience as judges and having direct knowledge from observing the effects of legislation and through the administration of justice.
  5. Exert a coordinated effort toward a more efficient and quality administration of justice and more clear and uniform procedure in all courts statewide.
  6. Advocate for fair compensation and benefit / retirement programs for judicial officers.
  7. Preserve and protect judicial independence and uphold the integrity of the judiciary.

Why City and Town Courts are Important to Indiana’s Judicial System

Throughout Indiana, there are 64 city and town courts. City and town courts are considered “special courts” and their work to address low-level offenses such as ordinance violations, infractions and misdemeanors, help relieve the burden with crowded dockets at the county court level. Local enforcement and compliance matters can be more easily addressed at the city and town level where there is greater accessibility to the judicial process and ultimately less cost to citizens.

Learn more about why city and town courts make a difference! – Coming Soon!

About the Judges

Most city and town court judges are attorneys, however, there are a handful of lay judges that have been grandfathered following the passage of a state law in 2015 requiring all judges to be licensed attorneys. Of the 64 city and town court judges in Indiana, most are members of the Indiana City and Town Court Judges Association.

View the membership list for the Indiana City and Town Court Judges Association.

City and Town Court Judges Annual Conference

City and town court judges, mark your calendars! The annual meeting will be held October 19-20, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel in Carmel, Indiana. The association leadership has been meeting with the Indiana Judicial Center to come up with a great line up of educational topics including the following:

  • Due process
  • Expungements
  • Technology Update
  • Pretrial release form
  • What’s on your mind roundtable
  • Communication
  • Fines and fees
  • Civility and courtroom demeanor
  • Ethical issues and solutions

Helpful Resources

Information from the Indiana Judicial Center regarding Continuing Legal Education

Association General Information

Membership

The Indiana Association of City and Town Court Judges is open to any municipal judge. If you are a city and town court judge who does not currently belong to the association and you would like to join, please contact Rhonda Cook at [email protected]

Dues

Dues for the association are $50 and are payable on January 1 of each year. Invoices will be sent out prior to January 1 to existing members.

Association Officers

Elections for association officers are held every two years. The next election will be held in October 2017 at the association’s annual meeting. The current officers for 2015-2017 are as follows:

President:   The Honorable Kyle Noone, Elwood City Court Judge
Vice President:   The Honorable George M. Gasparovic, Pendleton Town Court Judge
Secretary: The Honorable Maureen Owen, Avon Town Court Judge
Treasurer: The Honorable Susan Leib, Mooresville Town Court Judge

Committees

Legislative Committee:
The Honorable Steven Barker, Gas City Court Judge
The Honorable James J. Fry, Winchester City Court Judge
The Honorable George M. Gasparovic, Pendleton Town Court Judge
The Honorable Daniel E. Henke, Fishers City Court Judge
The Honorable Kent A. Jeffirs, Crown Point City Judge
The Honorable Joseph R. Johns, Lawrenceburg City Court Judge
The Honorable Kyle Noone, Elwood City Court Judge
The Honorable Scott Norrick, Edgewood Town Court Judge
The Honorable Maureen Owen, Avon Town Court Judge
The Honorable Mark Peden, Martinsville City Court Judge
The Honorable Bodie Stegelmann, Goshen City Court Judge
The Honorable Andrew J. Wells, Beech Grove City Court Judge
The Honorable Linda Wilcox, Union City City Court Judge

Education Committee:
The Honorable Steven Barker, Gas City Court Judge
The Honorable George M. Gasparovic, Pendleton Town Court Judge
The Honorable Kyle Noone, Elwood City Court Judge
The Honorable Scott Norrick, Edgewood Town Court Judge
The Honorable Lori Sabol, West Lafayette City Court Judge
The Honorable Leroy Wheeler, Cumberland Town Court Judge

Members