Inclement Weather and Clark County Courts

The courthouse in Jeffersonville closed early today due to the impending snowstorm. A common question that arises for attorneys and non-lawyers alike is the weather policy in Clark County when snow mixes with the court dockets. 

The presiding judge in Clark County, Indiana, Judge Carmichael, clarified that if the Clark County Commissioners close the government building, then all of the Clark County Circuit Courts would also be closed.

Furthermore, if the Clark County Government Building is operating on a delayed schedule, then the courts will also not hear their scheduled dockets. Confusion arises on a delayed schedule as to what time people should appear if, for example, a hearing was scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. The judges have decided that it is not fair to require lawyers, their clients, witnesses or any other citizens to travel to the courthouse if weather dictates that even a delay is necessary. 

If there is a disruption to the court's normal schedule, then the cases that are missed will be rescheduled as soon as possible.