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Study Finds Over Half Of State's County Courts Are Overworked

Last updated on Monday, September 1, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS) - A state study concludes courts in 59 of Indiana’s 92 counties are overworked.

The Indiana Judicial Conference compared caseloads with the number of judges available to handle them, giving extra weight to higher-level felonies, which consume more time.

The report concludes Clark County's four judges are the state's most overworked, with 82-percent more cases than they can be expected to handle.

At the other end of the scale, the conference says Blackford County's two judges could manage twice as much work as they're getting.

The judicial conference says four courts are coping with more than double a reasonable workload, led by the Marion county traffic court, with five times a normal load.

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