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Bill to add seventh superior court in Tippecanoe County passes state Senate

A bill that would add a seventh superior court in Tippecanoe County has passed the Indiana Senate with a vote of 48 to 1 Tuesday

Posted: Feb. 7, 2019 8:41 AM
Updated: Feb. 7, 2019 8:57 AM

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — A bill that would add a seventh superior court in Tippecanoe County passed the Indiana Senate with a vote of 48 to 1 Tuesday. 

Senate Bill 568 was authored by Sens. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) and Brian Buchanan (R-Lebanon) to help with the increased cases in the county. 

“Tippecanoe County has not requested a new court in 19 years,” Alting said. “It is important we keep our courts running smoothly by addressing the increased need resulting from the change in our population.”

Superior courts have general jurisdiction allowing them to hear all civil and criminal cases. Additionally, they are charged with establishing small claims and minor offense divisions.

“We have had a population increase of nearly 40,000 people since 2000,” Buchanan said. “Since our courts are now serving more people, I believe an additional superior court would help meet the needs of our community.”

As we reported in January, commissioners approved funding for courthouse upgrades to prepare for the possible addition of to the new court. 

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives. If approved, Superior Court Seven will need to be up and running by January of 2021.

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