Indiana chief justice says court can help economy

January 24, 2012 10:00:00 PM PST
Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard says a good judicial system can help the economy.

The retiring chief justice delivered his 25th and final State of the Judiciary speech to a joint session of the Indiana General Assembly on Wednesday.

Shepard says businesses shy away from some states because of the legal climate, but Indiana isn't one of them. He cites work done by judges and lawyers to simplify rules for juries and evidence. He also says the courts can deliver direct economic help to people by revamping court practices to make it easier for homeowners to avoid foreclosure.

Shepard also outlined improvements that courts have made in technology, such as a system that gives women's shelters direct access to the Protective Order Registry to better protect victims.