Indiana Supreme Court awards money for family courts

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Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush shakes hands with Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann after Rush gave her first State of the Judiciary speech to a joint session at the Statehouse Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Supreme Court has awarded $243,000 in grant money to 19 counties in support of local family court projects.

The Supreme Court has distributed nearly $3.5 million since the Family Court Project began in 1999.

The grants are considered “seed money,” and pilot counties are expected to transition to local funding within a reasonable time.

The grants are designed to create innovative programs that improve the court process for families.

The largest grant of $35,000 went to Allen County Judge Charles Pratt, while Marion County Judge Cynthia Ayers received a $30,000 grant.

Priority was given to applications that emphasized four areas: improving access to the courts for families without attorneys, alternative dispute resolution, court-related services and promoting academic research into court practices and services. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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