ORDER ESTABLISHING THE INDIANA COMMERCIAL COURT WORKING GROUP
LORETTA H. RUSH CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIANA
Commercial courts in the United States began in 1993 and now exist in 22 States, including Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, and Delaware. A commercial court has a specialized court docket and procedure aimed to achieve fast, consistent, and reliable resolution of commercial disputes. States with commercial courts have found that faster case resolutions, accompanied by express legal reasoning, provide confidence and predictability to guide how entities do business.
Because legal consistency is a significant factor in businesses' decisions to locate to a state, establishing commercial courts in Indiana will keep our business environment competitive. In addition to improving Indiana's business climate, the more efficient handling of complex, time-consuming commercial cases allows more judicial time for all other types of cases.
Accordingly, after a study of commercial and business courts throughout the country, this Court determined that Indiana should encourage practices that improve the management of cases involving Indiana businesses and should establish a working group to recommend policies and procedures for commercial courts in Indiana.
Accordingly, there is hereby CREATED the Indiana Commercial Court Working Group ("Commercial Court Working Group"), which shall consist of the following individuals:
1. Judge Craig Bobay, Allen Superior Court – Civil Division, who shall serve as chair
2. Judge Stephen Bowers, Elkhart Superior Court 2
3. Kevin Brinegar, President and Chief Executive Officer, Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Indianapolis, Marion County)
4. Senator John Broden (South Bend, St. Joseph County)
5. James P. Casey, Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders (Evansville, Vanderburgh County)
6. Michael Christofeno, Cosentino & Christofeno (Elkhart, Elkhart County)
7. Sean Clapp, Clapp Ferrucci (Fishers, Hamilton County)
8. Laura Conway, Thrasher Buschmann & Voelkel (Indianapolis, ...