Floyd Superior Court 3 was founded upon the fundamental notions of integrity, fairness and respect for all served by the court. The court has General Jurisdiction and decides cases involving crimes committed by adults, divorce, child support, protection orders juvenile matters and various other civil cases. Cases not regularly heard by the court include estates, trusts, guardianships, adoptions and small claims. The Floyd County Superior Court was established in 2008 Under Indiana Code 33-33-22-2. The Honorable Maria D. Granger was the first Judge to preside over the court. Judge Granger is also the Supervising Judge of the Veterans Court which addresses the needs of Veterans many of whom have become court involved after multiple deployments to military service. Veterans Court is a specialized court docket in Floyd County and Southern Indiana that addresses the mental health, alcohol or substance abuse problems of these court involved Veterans.
Judge Granger’s Education and Experience includes:
- Indiana Judicial College, Graduated September, 2012
- Supervising Judge, Veterans Court of Southern Indiana, January 2012 - present
- Office of Judge, Floyd Superior Court 3 from January 2009 – present
- Title IV-D Referee January, 2005 – December 2009
- Adjunct Professor Indiana University Southeast during Fall Semester 2001 – 2004
- Practicing Attorney in Southern Indiana October 1994 – December 2009
- Admitted to practice of law by the Indiana Supreme Court October 1994
- Received a Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis May 1994
- Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education from Indiana University in December 1990
Judge Granger speaks to community groups about the courts, law and the legal system. She also serves as faculty for the Indiana Judicial Conference and has taught the following courses for Indiana judges, lawyers, journalists and historians:
- Indiana General Jurisdiction Training, “Getting to Know Your Lemon”, January, 2012
- “A Progressive Journey through Indiana History Conference,” October, 2012
- Courts in the Classroom Series, “Pioneer Justice,” September 2012
- Indiana Judicial Conference, “Veterans Initiatives in Indiana,” September 2012
- Indiana Judicial Conference, “Indiana Supreme Court History,” September 2011
- Indiana Judicial Conference, “New Legislation,” September, 2012; September 2011; and September 2010
- Law School for Journalists – “Mental Health Issues and Veterans in Criminal Courts,” July 2012 and “Sentencing Hearing Practice and Procedure,” July 2011
- Indiana Judicial Conference, “The Sentencing Hearing & Sentencing Considerations” and “The Sentencing Decision & the Sentence on Appeal,” April 2011
- Indiana Judge’s Orientation, “Transition to the Bench, Employment and Personnel Issues,” December 2010
Judge Granger has been recognized:
- 2012 Recognition of the Chief Justice of Indiana for commitment to higher education and ensuring justice to Indiana citizens
- 2010 Appreciation of the Indiana Supreme Court for service as Advisory Board member for Indiana Conference on Legal Education Opportunity
- Contributing Author, Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Press Society in cooperation with the Indiana Supreme Court, 2010
- Contributing Author, Indiana Jury Benchbook. Indianapolis: Indiana Judicial Center, 2011
- 2009 Earl T. Shinhoster Award
- 2006 Woman of Achievement
Judge Granger is a member of Judicial Organizations:
- Board of Directors, Indiana Judicial Conference
- Civil Instruction Committee of the Indiana Judicial Conference
- Jury Committee of the Indiana Judicial Conference
- Sherman Minton Inn of Court
- Indiana Judges Association
- American Judicature Society
- National Association of Women Judges
- Bar Associations, Floyd County, Indiana and American
- Former Advisory Board Member, Indiana Conference on Legal Education Opportunity
- Former Faculty Judge for "We The People", providing civil education to Floyd County Middle High School students
- Courtroom Attire is business casual.
- Children cannot accompany parents in the courtroom unless they are being interviewed by the court in a particular case. There are no facilities to care for children. Other appropriate arrangements must be made.
- Cell Phones and Recording Devices must be turned off at all times while in the courtroom. No photo or recording devices of any kind are permitted.
- Parking is available in areas around the courthouse. There is a parking garage that charges a fee, 2-hour parking limits on street spaces, and a free parking lot at the Southwest corner of West 2nd and Market Streets across from the New Albany Tribune Office.
- Security prohibits weapons of any kind in the courtroom and in the building.
- Jury Phone Line is available by calling our Jury Administrator, Denise Tipton Ph#812-981-2761
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Can I talk to the Judge about a case?
A. No. The Judge must remain independent, impartial and unbiased to both sides to a dispute throughout all phases of the case. The Judge may not speak with one side without the other side being present. Neither she, nor her staff, is permitted to give legal advice.
Q. How do I get a public defender?
A. You must request a public defender at your initial hearing or in writing. A written request may be handwritten and should set out financial information that establish an inability to hire an attorney.
Q. How long do I have to wait before I can be divorced?
A. You must wait at least 60 days from the date the case is filed. Unless the parties file a written agreement, waiver of rights and decree of dissolution, they will need to request a hearing date to be held after 60 days.
Q. When will my bond money be returned?
A. After a person posts bond in a criminal matter, the bond will be released minus certain Court cost and fees. The remaining bond monies will be released to the person who posted the bond approximately two weeks after a defendant is sentenced or the case is dismissed.
Q. Do I have to hire an attorney?
A. Any person may represent himself or herself in a court without a lawyer. However, this does not make the judge or the court staff your lawyer. You must perform just like a lawyer would perform in gathering evidence and other pertinent information. Neither the Judge nor the court's staff can assist you in preparing or presenting your case. The laws and the rules of evidence remain the same whether you are represented by a lawyer or you represent yourself. The self-help website address is: http://www.in.gov/judiciary/selfservice/
Q. How do I get a continuance of a court date if I don't have an attorney?
A. You need to request the continuance in writing prior to the court date and provide a copy of that request to the other party in the case. Clearly explain your reasons for the request. Your current address and a phone number should be provided to the Court. You should then contact the Court to see if the continuance has been granted.
Maria D. Granger – Judge, Superior Court 3
Samantha Griffin - Court Administrator/Official Court Reporter
Alyssa Duncan - Court Reporter/Bailiff
Christiana Lawrence, Bailiff/Court Reporter/Veterans Court Coordinator
Meredith Seewer - Admin. Assistant
Adult Probation Department
Rexann Farris – Chief Adult Probation Officer
Gary Collins - Adult Probation Officer
Mary Wright - Adult Probation Officer
Clare Banet - Adult Probation Officer
Kelli Deuser – Adult Probation Officer
Shallon Alford – Adult Probation Officer
Paula Chandler – Administrative Assistant
William Eastridge – Administrative Assistant
Rick Applegate – Adult Probation Officer
Elizabeth Johnson – Adult Probation Officer
Chris Rowe – Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
Ruppert Strawbridge – Juvenile Probation Officer
Denise Beckwith – Juvenile Probation Officer
Jacqueline Estephan – Juvenile Probation Officer
Local Civil Rules
Local Criminal Rules
Local Family Rules
Parenting Time Guidelines
Indiana Judicial Center
Indiana Self-Sufficiency Legal Center
Indiana Civil Protection Order
Indiana No Contact Order
Workplace Violence Restraining Orders
Child Support Guidelines
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