Q: I received a jury questionnaire, does this mean I have to serve on a jury?
A: Maybe. It means that you are one of about 2000 Shelby County citizens that are in a 6 month jury pool. For the next six months, the 3 Shelby County Courts (Circuit, Superior Court 1 and Superior Court 2 will electronically dip into that pool and randomly remove a panel of 50 jurors for each trial. There are about 6 jury trial settings each month between all three courts. That panel of jurors will report to the courthouse where they will either be selected or rejected by the parties to the lawsuit. Selected jurors will be seated as the jury and will hear the case. Those rejected or not needed will be released. If you were released, you will me moved to the back of the line in your pool of 2000. If you served on the jury, you may request to be excused from additional jury service for the next 2 years. (This does not apply to Federal Jury Service.)
Q: How do I get exhibits before the Court in a virtual hearing?
A: Label each exhibit and file them with the Court at least 2 days before the hearing. If you are a plaintiff label your exhibits with numbers. If you are a defendant label your exhibits with letters. If you have photos you should submit them on either paper or photopaper. Due to security issues, the court generally will not accept a thumbdrive for photos. Let the court know if you want any exhibits back. You must also give a copy of your proposed exhibits to the opposing party.
Q: If want to plead guilty but don’t want to go to jail, what alternatives are there?
A: Incarceration is a tool of the court, but it isn’t the only tool. Probation and Community Corrections are alternatives to incarceration. Shelby County Community Correction programs can be found by visiting their website. Pre-approval for Community Corrections programs is highly desired by the Court if you are seeking that as an alternative to incarceration.
Q: I’m having trouble logging onto Zoom.
A: Download the app onto your phone or computer instead of using the browser, or alternatively, use the browser instead of the app. The passwords are case sensitive. Use all capital letters for the criminal session password and all lower case letters for the civil sessions. Many audio issues can be resolved by toggling the mute/unmute button.
Q: I want to file a motion, what kind of form do I use?
A: The court cannot provide legal advice but the Indiana Supreme Court has a self-help form library online which you may find useful. You can also find legal forms at Indianalegalhelp.org. Any motion or other correspondence must be sent to all other parties in the lawsuit. Your motion certify that you sent a copy of the motion to the other parties.
Q: I have my small claims judgment, but now they won’t pay. What can I do?
A: You may file a proceedings supplemental and the court will set the matter for a hearing. The point of the hearing is to discover if the judgment debtor has non-exempt assets that can be seized or sold to pay the debt. Some assets or income are exempt for seizure or sale. For example, a court may not force someone to use social security disability payments to pay a judgment. See the small claims manual for additional information which can be found at https://www.in.gov/judiciary/2710.htm.