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Michael S. Bergerson,

300 Washington Street
Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone: 219-809-0517
Fax: 219-873-3021

Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (unavailable 12:00PM – 1:00PM for lunch)


June 4, 2020


We are happy to announce that the LaPorte Superior Court No. 1 is now being live streamed for public hearings and Criminal call can be viewed live for those who want to.  The website to do that is:  – Then select Superior Court 1.

Please contact our court administrator if you should have any questions.

With best regards,

May 13, 2020

On May 13, 2020, the Indiana Supreme Court issued two important orders related to procedures in our courts—both for now and going forward as we continue to expand operations.  They also posted guidance from the Resuming Court Operations Task Force.  These guidelines represent the thoughtful work of a team of trial court judges led by Judge Vicki Carmichael and including our own, Judge Richard Stalbrink.

The first order addresses the use of technology to facilitate remote proceedings in our courts. Such proceedings have become a way of life in the past several months—and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.  This order gives the Court greater discretion in employing technology to protect courtroom participants, preserve critical constitutional rights, and efficiently address caseloads.

The second order addresses expanding courtroom operations over the next weeks and months. It extends deadlines as suggested by our Resuming Court Operations Task Force. The plans  to be submitted will be our roadmap to safe, responsible court operations and will reflect collaborative efforts with our county governments and justice system partners. 

With best regards,

May 13 2020 Letter RE: Guidance on expanding court operations

Order Extending Time for Expanding Trial Court Operations

Order- Emergency Order Permitting Expanded Remote Proceedings

April 23, 2020

Indiana Supreme Court authorizes live webcasts of Court Proceedings

Today the Indiana Supreme Court authorized the Trial Courts of this State to begin live streaming court proceedings until further notice; provided the webcast is water marked with a prohibition against recording the proceedings.

In this way, public access to Court proceedings will be ensured to protect the rights of all.

I, for one, am looking forward to this change which I think will be informative, educational and needed for a greater understanding and appreciation of how justice looks in LaPorte County.

With best regards,

Indiana Supreme Court Order 20S-CB-123 dated 4/22/2020

April 14, 2020

As the presiding judge over matters related to the ongoing pandemic, I want to share the most recent directive issued by Chief Justice Loretta Rush of the Indiana Supreme Court.  I hope this PSA will answer some of your questions and concerns.

All LaPorte County judges and magistrates remain committed to the effective administration of justice in our community. We ask for your continued cooperation, understanding and patience.

With best regards,


Jill Krachinski
Court Administrator – Civil Case Contact

219-874-5611 Ext. 7710

Angela Pearce,
Court Bailiff/Jury Bailiff/Paralegal/Criminal Case Contact

219-874-5611 Ext. 7711

Sylvia Papineau,
Court Reporter/Zoom Hearing Contact

219-874-5611 Ext. 7712


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General Civil Matters or Jury Trials Monday beginning at 8:30 am
INITIAL HEARINGS (arraingments) Tuesday beginning at 8:30 am
General Civil Matters Wednesday beginning at 8:30 am
Criminal Court Thursday beginning at 8:30 am until 12:00 pm. General Civil Matters takes place that Afternoon
Open Court Call Friday beginning at 8:30 am until 12:00 pm including Civil Status hearings, Case Management Conferences, Protection Order Hearings, Name Changes, and other uncontested matters
ZOOM HEARINGS Order Requiring Remote Appearance


To request a transcript and cost, you must contact the Official Court Reporter, from the staff directory. The following information is needed: person’s name [and/or caption], cause number, date of hearing requested; would also need a contact phone number.

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