Introduced Version






SENATE BILL No. 270

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL



Citations Affected: IC 33-10.1-2 .

Synopsis: Jurisdiction of city and town courts. Increases the jurisdictional limit from $3,000 to $10,000 for certain city and town courts.

Effective: July 1, 2003.





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    January 9, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on Judiciary.







Introduced

First Regular Session 113th General Assembly (2003)


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SENATE BILL No. 270



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning courts and court officers.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

    SECTION 1. IC 33-10.1-2-4 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]: Sec. 4. The city court of each of the four (4) cities having the largest populations and the town court of the town having the largest population in a county having a population of more than four hundred thousand (400,000) but less than seven hundred thousand (700,000) have concurrent civil jurisdiction with the circuit court of the county where the amount in controversy does not exceed three ten thousand dollars ($3,000). ($10,000). The court has jurisdiction in any action where the parties or the subject matter are in the county in which the city or town is located. However, the city or town court does not have jurisdiction in:
        (1) actions for slander or libel;
        (2) matters relating to decedents' estates, appointment of guardians, and all related matters;
        (3) dissolution of marriage actions; or
        (4) injunction or mandate actions.
    SECTION 2. IC 33-10.1-2-5 IS AMENDED TO READ AS

FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003]: Sec. 5. A city court in a third class city that is not a county seat and to which section 4 of this chapter does not apply has concurrent jurisdiction with the circuit court in civil cases where the amount in controversy does not exceed three ten thousand dollars ($3,000). ($10,000). However, the city court does not have jurisdiction in actions for slander, libel, foreclosure of mortgages on real estate, where the title to real estate is in issue, all matters relating to a decedent's estate, appointment of guardians and all related matters, and actions in equity, nor does the court have original jurisdiction where the principal defendant resides within another city having a city court with a civil jurisdiction. Judgments rendered in the city court, when a certified transcript is filed with the clerk of the circuit court, have the same force as judgments rendered in the circuit court.