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Saturday, March 09, 2019 1:00 am

New Haven's docket heads to Superior Court

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Allen Superior Court will handle cases that had been making their way through New Haven City Court.

The municipal court was shuttered in December after New Haven City Court Judge Geoff Robison was charged with judicial misconduct. The case against him was dismissed after he resigned and the New Haven City Council voted to close the court.

The court had 22 unresolved traffic and municipal violation cases pending, and those will be transferred to the state court. Another 6,000 to 7,000 cases were decided but have outstanding fine or fee balances that will also be transferred to Allen Superior Court, officials announced Friday.

“We have heard from many citizens anxious to get their unpaid New Haven City Court balances resolved as soon as possible,” Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull said in a statement. “In some cases, those balances are preventing people from resolving license suspensions and other challenges. We are ready to assume this task and begin helping the public resolve outstanding business.”

Anyone with an outstanding balance from a New Haven City Court case can call the state court's Misdemeanor and Traffic Division at 449-7175 to make payment arrangements. Those with outstanding balances will be offered a payment plan, a news release states.

Court hearings on the unresolved New Haven cases will start April 2 and be held at the Charles “Bud” Meeks Justice Center, 101 E. Superior St.

New Haven cases “exist only (on) paper or in an electronic format incompatible with Indiana's statewide court management system,” so those seeking resolution will have to talk to Allen Superior Court officials, according to the news release.

Robison, who was not a lawyer, was accused by a state judicial panel of acting outside the legal boundaries of his position when he processed tickets through the court and allowed juveniles to resolve cases through a deferral program.

He responded in court documents, saying he was only doing his job and that Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards overstepped her authority when she ordered him to stop processing tickets without review from her office.

mleblanc@jg.net