NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) — A study has found that circuit courts in southern Indiana’s Clark County carry the heaviest caseloads in the state — more than twice the state standard.
The average Indiana county’s courts had about 120 percent of the standard caseload in 2013. But The Courier-Journal of Louisville reports that study by state court administrators released this month found the Clark County courts had 232 percent of the standard.
Clark County’s three superior courts were merged with its one circuit court in 2012 in an effort to balance the caseload. The system now has four judges and two magistrates.
The study also found the state would need to hire about 89 new judicial officers in various counties to meet the standard caseloads.