Honorable Lori Thatcher Quillen
Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. An evening session of traffic court is held each Thursday, commencing at 4:00 p.m. While the Court’s calendar varies with the various types of cases and hearings, initial hearings in criminal cases are held each weekday at 1:00 p.m. in the Small Claims Courtroom.
Jury trials are usually scheduled to occur on alternating Wednesdays. As a general rule, jury trials commence at 9:00 a.m. and conclude each day at approximately 4:00 p.m. with a one hour lunch break. Individuals who are summonsed for jury duty are notified in advance of their potential selection for jury duty and are asked to complete and return a jury questionnaire. Any individual who seeks to be excused from jury duty must provide such a request in writing and provide a physician’s statement if the reason for excuse is a medical condition. Jury duty can also be deferred for a brief period of time, however such a deferral requires a written request as well. Individuals who appear for jury duty are specifically requested not to park on the Courthouse square due to the fact that many metered parking spots have been assigned to those purchasing parking permits by the Town of Spencer. Free parking is available at the county parking lot located at Montgomery and Franklin Streets, one block west of the Courthouse.
The Judge, Referee, and Court Staff are prohibited from providing legal advice to anyone. However, information is available at www.in.gov/judiciary/selfservice regarding certain legal forms that individuals may use if they wish to proceed on their own in filing pleadings before the Court. Often individuals will telephone the court staff or personally appear in an attempt to ask for a ruling by the Judge. The Court cannot take action on such requests. Any request for an Order from the Judge or Referee must be made in writing and properly filed with the Court or Owen Circuit Court Clerk. If appropriate these requests will be scheduled for hearing. The Court does not accept the filing of any pleadings by fax or by e-mail.