14 October 2013
Memorandum for the Governor of Indiana:
Dear Governor Election,
It comes to my understanding that you are quite familiar with the procedural processing of cases but unaware of the roles within the state criminal justice system. As Attorney General of Indiana I would like to bring you up to speed with the roles and duties of the participants in our judicial system. Indiana’s constitution follows quite closely to our U.S constitution. In Indiana our criminal courts consist of Court personnel, Law Enforcement agencies involved, Lawyers, corrections, and the public.
Those involved in Court personnel include the Judge; who directs the court, decides what is admissible and inadmissible, makes sure all laws are followed, but most importantly share their power with those also in the courtroom work group. Others included in the Court personnel are the Law clerk who does majority of the research for the judge, Clerk of the court who keeps records, Court reporter who records the proceedings within the court, secretary which helps the judge keep on schedule, translator which translates other languages to English, Court administrator does all administrative work within the court, and the Docket clerk prepares files, gives documents to attorneys and judges, and maintains computer records. The Law enforcement agencies involved are those that arrive at the crime and/or do investigating for the crime. Those involved in the courtroom are the Security staff which protects court house, Sheriff’s deputies which make sure prisoners are transported safely to and from the courthouse. Lastly is the Bailiff which enforces order in the court when the judge isn’t respected and also handles all if any evidence.
The Lawyers in the courtroom consist of the Prosecutor, who works for the state in order to prosecute criminal cases. In some cases when a defendant can’t afford an attorney one is appoint to them...
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