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
Effective: July 1, 2004.
January 6, 2004, read first time and referred to Committee on Judiciary.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
courts and court officers.
IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2004]: 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, 2004]: 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
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