Center Township Small Claims CourtHon. Brenda A. Roper, Judge
Julia M. Carson Government Center
300 E. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46205
Perry Township Small Claims CourtHon. Cheryl A. Rivera, Judge
4925 S. Shelby St., Ste. #100
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Lawrence Township Small Claims CourtHon. Kimberly J. Bacon, Judge
4455 McCoy St.
Indianapolis, IN 46226
Warren Township Small Claims CourtHon. Garland E. Graves, Judge
501 N. Post Rd., Ste. C
Indianapolis, IN 46219
Indiana courts use online dispute resolution (ODR) in certain small claims cases. Your case qualifies for ODR. ODR is a method to negotiate and resolve dispute outside of court. This service is free for participants.ODR gives case parties an opportunity to negotiate their disputes outside of the court and potentially avoid a court date with the judge. Instead of going to trial at the courthouse at a specific date and time, you and the other party will use an online chat to negotiate and potentially reach a solution to your case. If an agreement is reached, an agreement form can be completed and signed by the parties. This agreement can then be filed with the court. If the agreement is appropriate, it is signed by the judge and you could avoid having a court hearing. The agreement becomes a binding contract between the parties.
Court dates vary by county but using ODR could move your case to resolution faster than traditional court hearings. The ODR system is available 24/7 every day of the week, meaning it can be accessed whenever you have time to negotiate your case. Messages sent between you and the other party will not be visible to the court or judge.
Potential solutions include:
Opting out: If you are unable to participate in ODR, you can opt out and your case will take a traditional court path, including a court date and potentially a trial. Opting out can be achieved by:
Trial: If you and the other party cannot come to an agreement, or one party opts out, the case will be scheduled for an initial court date and a trial. The court will notify you of the date, time and place of the court dates by sending email or mail correspondence to the address you gave the court clerk. If you do not attend the hearings, the court may rule against you.