NEW HAVEN, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Some traffic violations and other cases that were in limbo after the New Haven City Court closed will now be handled in Allen Superior Court.
New Haven’s City Court was first created by city ordinance in 2000 and dealt with issues like fines and fees within the city.
However, the New Haven court dissolved in Dec. 2018 after its controversial Judge Geoff Robinson retired his robes and City Council voted to close the court.
The former City Court’s caseload will be transferred to the Misdemeanor and Traffic Division of the Allen Superior Court.
Allen Superior Court Executive John McGauley said there are currently 22 cases from the old court that need to be ruled on.
McGauley also said there are another 6,000-7,000 cases, dating back to 2002, that have been adjudicated, but still have outstanding fees or fine balances.
Hearings on unresolved New Haven city matters will begin April 2 and will occur on the first Tuesday of every month at the Charles “Bud” Meeks Justice Center.
Anyone with an outstanding balance from a New Haven City Court case can call Superior Court’s Misdemeanor and Traffic Division at 260-449-7175 to make payment arrangements. Those with an outstanding balance will be offered a payment plan option.
For the time being, those with outstanding New Haven cases will have to speak to Superior Court personnel for information and payment arrangements.
New Haven cases currently exist only in paper or in an electronic format which court officials say are incompatible with Indiana’s statewide court case management system, Odyssey.
Those cases will be entered into Odyssey as time permits.
“We have heard from many citizens anxious to get their unpaid New Haven City Court balances resolved as soon as possible,” said Judge Frances C. Gull, Administrative Judge of Superior Court’s Criminal Division.
“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.”
New Haven City Council unanimously decided to close the court in 2018 after former Judge Robinson resigned.
The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualification claimed that former New Haven City Court Judge Robinson allowed the filing and processing of state infraction cases in city court, which the Allen County Prosecutor didn’t authorize.
The Commission also alleged Robinson allowed juveniles to resolve infraction cases through a deferral program, which is not allowed.
The Indiana Supreme Court dismissed those charges against Robinson so long as he agrees to never become a judge again.