Indiana: Bill makes it a crime to be a court clerk without registering with the supreme court; sets educational standards for court clerks

Under a bill introduced last week in the Indiana House, it would be a crime for a person to operate/work as a court clerk unless registered with the state’s supreme court.

HB 1304 defines who exactly is a “court clerk” for all the state’s trial and appellate courts

As used in this chapter, “court clerk” means an individual who performs one (1) or more of the following duties for the benefit of a judicial officer:
(1) Assists with the preparation and execution of daily court calendars.
(2) Administers oaths.
(3) Records and updates court minutes as required.
(4) Ensures the completeness and accuracy of court minutes.
(5) Examines documentation tendered to the court for completeness of information, accuracy, and formatting.
(6) File stamps, logs, and stores documentation tendered to the court for subsequent judicial review.
(7) Receives, logs, and maintains custody of exhibits admitted 9 into evidence during the course of a trial or hearing.
(8) Sends notice of court actions and judicial rulings to relevant parties.
(9) Calculates jury fees, mileage fees, and court reporter fees as needed.
(10) Ushers jurors to and from court as needed.
(11) Ensures that jurors, attorneys of record, litigants, and other essential witnesses are present before proceedings begin or are resumed.

Any person working as a court clerk would be required to register with the Supreme Court by July 1, 2017. Failure to do so would be a Class C infraction.

In addition the bill sets minimum educational requirements for clerks; clerks already working could be exempted

  • High School Diploma + 4 years relevant work experience
  • Associate’s Degree + 3 years relevant work experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree + 2 years relevant work experience
  • Advanced Degree + 1 year relevant work experience

HB 1304 has been filed in the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee.