Superior Court 4

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Greta Stirling Friedman,
Judge

300 Washington Street
Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone: 219-874-5611 Ext. 7748
Fax: 219-878-9523

Office hours are from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday

John Link,
Magistrate

300 Washington Street
Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone: 219-874-5611 Ext. 7839
Fax: 219-878-9523

Office hours are from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday

SMALL CLAIMS FORMS

Due to the wishes of the County Commissioners to keep the public safe, the LaPorte Superior Court No 4 and Magistrate Court of LaPorte Superior Court 4 is making the following changes to their weekly schedule effective immediately.

On Monday, March 16, the Magistrate will hear the scheduled cases set for 9:00 AM.  The scheduled intial hearings, and proceeding supplemental cases scheduled for March 19th will be canceled and reset in May.  Beginning on Monday, March 23rd, there will be no hearings for Small Claims matters on Mondays and no Thursday hearings either.  This schedule will be in effect until Monday, May 5th, unless this website indicates otherwise.

This Monday, March 16th, the 1:30 eviction hearings in the Judge’s Courtroom on the first floor will proceed as scheduled, but all damages hearings set for that day will be canceled and reset in May.  Beginning Monday, March 23rd, there will be no eviction hearings on Monday at 1:30 until Monday, May 5th.  The Court will begin rescheduling these hearings next week.

While we understand this may pose some minor inconveniences we also know you understand that it is critical to limit the number of people coming in and out of the Courts for the next several weeks in an attempt to protect everyone’s health.  Based on the Commissioners request, the Courts are limiting the number of hearings to only the most essential and emergency types of hearings until the beginning of May.  If you have any questions, you may call the Court.  We apologize for any inconvenience but know that you understand the need to take precautions at this time.

The county level court system is at the very heart of all judicial functions in Indiana. All county level courts are part of the network of the state court system. The Governor has the authority to fill all elected court vacancies.

The courts in Indiana are presided over by judges who serve for a term of six years. Judges of all state courts, must be admitted to the practice of law.

The Clerk receives complaints and initial pleadings in matters brought before the court, places cases on the court docket and prepares, under direction of the judge, calendars of cases awaiting trial. The Clerk also issues summonses and subpoenas to witnesses ordering them to appear in court.

Most criminal cases disposed of in Superior Court No. 4 will eventually be placed on probation. It is hoped that the court impacts the cycle of crime through the use of probation and the many programs being used as dispositional alternatives and enhancements.

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