In re Order Establishing The Ind. Comm'n On Equity a Access In The Court Sys., 091521 INSC, 21S-MS-428

Docket Nº21S-MS-428
Opinion JudgeLORETTA H. RUSH CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIANA
Party NameOrder Establishing the Indiana Commission on Equity and Access in the Court System
Case DateSeptember 15, 2021
CourtSupreme Court of Indiana

Order Establishing the Indiana Commission on Equity and Access in the Court System

No. 21S-MS-428

Supreme Court of Indiana

September 15, 2021

ORDER ESTABLISHING THE INDIANA COMMISSION ON EQUITY AND ACCESS IN THE COURT SYSTEM

LORETTA H. RUSH CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIANA

Every day, members of Indiana's legal profession, this Court, the court system, and our partners in government strive to provide more equal access to justice and to improve public faith and confidence in the court system. Together, we have reformed our pretrial and bail practices; created pathways to the legal profession for college graduates from underrepresented populations, including those who are Black and Brown, low-income, or educationally disadvantaged; and instituted more collaborative, community-driven problem-solving courts as alternatives to the adversarial system. But we know that there is still much to achieve and that the ideal of justice feels out of reach for many. Our state court system can and must do better.

And this matters because the rule of law in an independent court system depends on the faith placed in it by the people it serves. The judicial branch does not make or enforce laws; we have neither armies nor coffers. What we have instead is something fragile, yet vital-the people's trust that the judicial branch, and we who serve in it, are fair and impartial arbiters of disputes; that a courtroom is a place where you will be judged only by the merits of your cause and through an equal application of the law. In other words, the judicial branch has the ethereal notion of "justice"-an ideal more powerful than militaries or monies, but that carries practical force only when people believe it fairly exists. And where public trust and confidence in Indiana's courts have waned or they are not fully shared by all, this Court is committed to creating and restoring them.

Accordingly, there is hereby CREATED the Indiana Commission on Equity and Access in the Court System, and the Commission is THEREFORE ORDERED to:

(1) Provide an independent and comprehensive review of Indiana's state court systems, policies, and practices;

(2) Identify areas of strength and areas where additional resources and efforts are needed in order to achieve greater and more equal access to justice; and

(3) Establish workgroups as needed to provide recommendations on ways to address these identified issues within the legal...

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