MarshallCounty_CourtHouseJudge Curtis Palmer of the Marshall Circuit Court has filed a Petition with the Indiana Supreme Court requesting emergency authority to alter certain legal time requirements and procedures in response to the COVID – 19 pandemic.

The health and safety of our employees and community are equally important and therefore, we are adjusting the way we operate. For the time being, the Marshall County Courthouse remains open and is conducting business in a limited fashion. We are working with our state and local emergency management and health department officials to maintain required court operations.

For all courthouse employees, if you are not experiencing symptoms, continue to come to work until advised otherwise by your supervisor. For attorneys, litigants and members of the public, please limit your visits to the courthouse to essential matters only. All civil jury trials are suspended. All other currently set hearings are expected to occur as scheduled although all requests for continuances due to any signs of illness will be granted.

For any criminal hearings involving inmates in the custody of the jail, those hearings will occur by video conferencing to reduce the chances of infection reaching the jail. If you must appear in person for a hearing, please do not bring children, friends or other extraneous visitors to the courthouse.

Much of the work done in the courthouse has already moved to online platforms and lawyers may continue to e-file pleadings which will be processed by the judges through our statewide Odyssey case management system. Litigants, attorneys, press and the public can continue to view all public case information on the website.

For the most current information on Indiana’s response to the COVID – 19 pandemic please contact the Indiana State Department of Health website. The best approach is to use fundamentally healthy practices such as washing your hands, covering your mouth with your arm or a tissue, maintain social distancing and stay home if you are ill or have been in contact with someone who is ill.