Hamilton County will get a boost in handling its growing caseload when the new Superior Court 7 debuts in January 2023.
Based on state caseload statistics, Hamilton County needs 13 judicial officers to handle all the cases filed in its court system, according to Hamilton County Court Administrator Jill Acklin. With the opening of Superior Court 7, it will have 12 judicial officers.
“We will move closer to the actual judicial need dictated by our caseload statistics, which will allow the judiciary to move our cases more quickly and efficiently,” Acklin said.
The Indiana General Assembly passed a bill in 2021 creating the new court after it became apparent there was a need.
“Hamilton County’s growth has caused an increase in caseload and an increase in more complex, multiparty and business cases,” Acklin said. “Hamilton County’s growth, and projections for future growth, outpaced the judicial resources here in Hamilton County compared to other counties in the state. Hamilton County has been high on the list of counties who need additional judicial resources for some time now.”
Superior Court 7 will be a court of general jurisdiction, meaning it can hear civil and criminal cases. The court is funded by the state and Hamilton County, and its opening will not directly increase taxes or fees.
Darren Murphy, a Hamilton County magistrate judge, is set to become the presiding judge in Superior Court 7. He recently defeated Stephenie Gookins in the Republican primary for the position. No Democrat has filed to run against Murphy in the general election.