TERRE HAUTE —
Division 2 not a ‘Family Court’
In two months, I will celebrate my 37th year of the practice of law in Vigo County. In those 37 years, I have yet to practice in any court known as family court. In fact, there is no such court anywhere in the state of Indiana. I am writing this letter to inform your readers that if they are looking to vote for a judge for family court on their primary ballot, or in the general election, they will be disappointed.
There have been more than several letters voicing support for one candidate running for Judge in the May Democratic primary as a good choice for family court. The only candidates that I know of on the Democratic ballot running for the judgeship vacancy created by Judge Adler’s retirement, listed here in alphabetical order, are John A. Kesler II and Lakshmi “Lucky” Reddy. They are both listed as candidates for Vigo Superior Court Division 2. There is no ballot position for “Family Court.” Vigo Superior Court 2 is a court of general jurisdiction. For there to be a “Family Court” in Vigo County, the Indiana Legislature would have to pass a law creating such a court. To my knowledge, no such law has been passed.
For the year 2013, there were 1,084 new cases filed in Vigo Superior Court Division 2. Of that number, 438 cases, or 40 percent, were divorce cases; 646 cases, or 60 percent, were other civil matters. Therefore, most of the cases filed in Division 2 in the year 2013 were non-family law cases. In the past several years, I have had six cases in Division 2, with five of them being personal injury cases and one being an estate. The judge in Division 2 is faced with issues ranging from the interpretation of contracts, construction issues, medical malpractice, automobile injuries and other issues requiring a general knowledge of all areas of law and life.
I have observed the campaign rhetoric in this race and feel that, as a practicing attorney, I should write this letter as a service to your readers and the general public. Division 2 is not a “Family Law Court,” and a majority of its cases are not family law or divorce cases. In fact, when Judge McCrory was judge of that court, I handled many criminal cases before him. Division 2, as a court of general jurisdiction can, and possibly could, handle criminal law cases again.
I am not writing this letter in support of either candidate, so much as to clear the air as to what type of court Division 2 is and what type of law is practiced there. The information I have provided is a matter of public record but, as an attorney with many years of experience, I know personally what I have written is true.
I hope this provides some clarification to your readers. Again, Division 2 is a court of general jurisdiction which requires a judge with a broad spectrum of knowledge. Less than half of the cases in that court deal with family law divorce issues. Any voter looking for a candidate for “Family Court” will be sorely disappointed in the primary and general elections. No such court exists.
I also hope that there is a good voter turnout in this primary and general election. It is not only important locally, but nationally. Voting is one of the few chances we get to participate directly in our democracy.
— Dennis R. Majewski
TERRE HAUTE —
Division 2 not a ‘Family Court’
Readers’ Forum: July 24, 2014
• Clinic will expand basic health access
• Misunderstanding truth about Islam
- Readers’ Forum: July 23, 2014
Readers’ forum: July 22, 2014
• Supt. Ritz has right to govern
• A tribute to a teacher
• Rep. Pelosi shows ‘bungling idiocy’
Readers’ forum: July 20, 2014
• ‘Hotel Indiana’ has a sour tune
• Kind words about the newspaper
• Some questions about RTL video
• No mercy for cop killers
• Crack down on gun violence
• Anti-Dem tirades mask GOP failures
• Important day for participants
• Appreciation for support
FLASHPOINT: Solve our border crisis
More than 60,000 unaccompanied alien children — mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador — have been apprehended on America’s southern border during this fiscal year.
Flashpoint: Will Gov. Pence be true to his word?
This is written in response to recent remarks made by State Board of Education members.
- Readers’ Forum: July 18, 2014
READERS’ FORUM: July 17, 2014
• Civil rights and burning cities
• Quality service from Baesler’s
FLAHSPOINT: Supt. Glenda Ritz ‘creating conflict’
It has been my pleasure for the past year to serve as the newest member of the Indiana State Board of Education. I bring a fresh perspective to the board as an attorney and business executive who served as Director of Economic Development under former Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson and President of the Indy Partnership, a regional economic development organization charged with recruiting new companies to our state.
Readers’ Forum: July 16, 2014
• The truth about property taxes
Readers’ Forum: July 15, 2014
• Are Fed policies hurting America?
• Staying true to code of respect
Readers’ Forum: July 14, 2014
• Where did the 61 cents go?
Readers’ Forum: July 13, 2014
• Telling the truth about smoking
• Larger energy bills on the way, thanks to EPA
• Embrace the compassion, not self-righteousness
• Wondering about country’s leaders
• New amendments have hurt country
- Readers’ Forum: July 11, 2014
READERS' FORUM: July 10, 2014
• Herb Faire a great success
• Appreciation for a ‘lovely angel’
• Thanks for stirring fireworks show
Readers’ Forum: July 9, 2014
• Don’t eliminate our six-day mail
• Zamperini death stirs memories
Readers’ Forum: July 8, 2014
• T-S ignores common decency
• Lighten up on Donald Sterling
• Time to reject Dems in Congress
• Fueling the EPA
Readers’ Forum: July 7, 2014
• The moral issue is major issue
Readers’ Forum: July 6, 2014
• Coats ignoring climate science
• Do those mustache posters exist?
• Utility rate freeze took determination
• What perversion is next in line?
• Opinions vary, but voters will decide
• This preaching must stop — now
• Golf fundraiser a huge success
- Readers’ Forum: July 4, 2014
Readers’ Forum: July 3, 2014
• Over the top on immigration
- Readers’ Forum: July 2, 2014
Readers’ Forum: July 1, 2014
• Defying the laws of God
• Correcting the written record
• Hands of $$ from Redevelopment
• Celebrity visit for celebration
Readers’ Forum: June 30, 2014
• Don’t be victim of home repair scam
• Ending unfair tax practices
Readers’ Forum: June 29, 2014
• The sexual revolution strikes again
• Country sinks to new lows
• Saddened by the headlines
• Opinions not same as facts
• Letter meets with approval
• The real ‘truth’ sometimes hurts
• Applause for great musical
• Raising minimum wage hurts us
• Gratitude to camp sponsors
• More to the city’s mosquito problem
- Readers’ Forum: June 27, 2014
Readers’ Forum: June 26, 2014
• Misunderstandings about the lovely, messy mulberry
Flashpoint: Address growing cyber threats
Over the past several months, we have seen firsthand that threats to our nation’s cyber security are real and growing.
- Readers' Forum: June 25, 2014
Readers’ Forum: June 24, 2014
• Be careful in extreme heat
• Public workers serve us well
• Show us those mustache posters
- More Letters Headlines
- Readers’ Forum: July 24, 2014