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Indiana Chief Justice Rush, Justice David deliver State of the Judiciary

Brandon Smith
IPB News
Chief Justice Loretta Rush, right, invited retiring Justice Steven David, left, to help her deliver her annual State of the Judiciary address.

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Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush told state leaders Wednesday the state’s judicial system is hard at work to increase public trust and innovate.

Rush also invited a fellow justice to help deliver her annual State of the Judiciary address.

Like every part of government, courts have had to adjust to the pandemic. And Rush said to help improve access to the justice system, the state will soon unveil a tool that could make it so some people don’t need to come to court at all.

“A new online platform for online dispute resolution will allow court customers to resolve their disputes at no cost and on their own time,” Rush said.

Justice Steven David, the longest-serving member of the current state Supreme Court, is retiring this year. And Rush had David tell lawmakers about the initiatives he’s spearheaded in his time on the bench.

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That includes an ongoing Commission on Equity and Access in the Court System.

“Don’t be afraid of it; we’re not. It’s all about improving our systems," David said. "It’s our way of doing a friendly audit of our own processes.”

The governor will ultimately choose David’s replacement later this year.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.