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Judicial officers must remain independent, impartial, and unbiased to both sides to a dispute throughout all phases of the case. Judicial officers cannot take sides with any one party to a dispute or act as the lawyer for either party. The Court is not a legal services office. If a judicial officer or the court staff assists either party with the preparation and presentation of his or her case, then the judicial officer has become biased and partial, and has compromised the integrity of the Court. Furthermore, communications with a party must be in the presence of all other opposing parties. There cannot be private, one-sided conversations with a judicial officer. This is known as the prohibition against ex parte communications. Finally, a judicial officer must remain independent from all influence. Suggestions that the judicial officer will not get your vote, or that you will publicly criticize the judicial officer, or that you will write a letter to the editor, or that you will report the judicial officer to the authorities will not influence the judicial officer’s decision, nor will it open the lines of communication to the judicial officer. The Canons of Judicial Conduct govern each of these topics concerning judicial independence, impartiality, and communications concerning a case. Please refer to Canon 1(A), Canon 2(B), Canon 3(B)(2), Canon 3(B)(5), and Canon 3(B)(8)
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Their office is located at 313 W. Jefferson Street, Room 142, Decatur, IN 46733. Their phone number is (260) 724-5365.
First, is your case in the Adams Superior Court? If you have a Cause Number that starts with “01D01,” your case is in the Adams Superior Court. If your Cause Number starts with a different prefix your case is not in the Adams Superior Court. If you have an Adams Superior Court case, check in the Court at 122 S 3rd Street, Decatur, IN 46733, or by phone at (260) 724-5347 or online at https://public.courts.in.gov/mycase
It is your responsibility to ensure that the other party receives a copy of your filings. If the other party does not appear for the hearing on your petition, the Court may not proceed unless it has proof that the other side received a copy of your petition. Please review the following methods for obtaining proof of service so that you can avoid a delay in your case. •Certified mail, return receipt requested: For a nominal fee, the mail carrier will take the papers to the door and have the other party sign a detachable card. This "return receipt" is then mailed back to the Clerk (address must be on the green card) after it is signed, and will serve as proof of service as long as it is signed by the other party and filed with the Clerk of Court. Effective July 1, 2015, the initial mailing will be sent to only one address for each party (maximum of two parties) and is paid out of the Court costs. After the initial mailing, or for each additional party, the person requesting service must provide the Clerk with •An envelope with sufficient postage affixed, addressed to the recipient with the Clerk’s address as the return address; •The USPS or other forms for certified mail. If return receipt is requested, the forms must be completed so that the Clerk gets the return receipt; •The USPS or other fee for appropriate service by certified mail and return receipt, if requested. •Personal service by Sheriff: You can pay a fee to the Clerk of Court for the Sheriff to deliver your paperwork to the other party. A proof of service form will be filled out by the person serving the paperwork, which will then be filed with the Clerk. The initial fee for Sheriff’s service is $28.00 and an additional one time post-judgment fee of $28.00 will be assessed for Sheriff’s service. •By publication: When all other methods fail, the Court may allow service to be made by publication. This involves announcing in the newspaper where the other party is likely living for a specific amount of time. Please review Indiana Rule of Trial Procedure 4.13 for information about Service by Publication.
Infraction tickets may be paid as follow: Acceptable forms of payment are cash, money order or credit card. For an additional fee, credit card payments may be made online at https://public.courts.in.gov/home/portal or by calling 866-369-7671. Payment may also be made in person or by mail to the Adams County Clerk’s Office, 112 S 2nd Street, Decatur, IN 46733. *NOTICE, any outstanding tickets issued prior to December 31, 2013, must be paid through Eagle Accounts www. Eagleaccounts.com Telephone: 888-322-3245 7510 Madison Avenue Indianapolis IN 46227
The Adams Superior Court staff cannot: •provide legal advice or legal interpretations; •advise you whether or not you should bring your case to court or give you an opinion about what will happen if you bring your case to court; •advise you what to say in court; •let you talk to the judge or magistrates outside court; •cannot talk to the judge or magistrates for you about your case; •fill out a form for you or tell you what words to use in your court papers; •sign an order or change an order signed by the judge or magistrates; •explain the meaning of a court order to you; and •provide any guidance or interpretation of the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines for you.
8) Adams County Bar Association
President, Cory Sprunger, Attorney at Law, Office Phone Number (260) 589-2338