Small claims, big injustice: Follow the investigation
It's supposed to be a user-friendly township court to help settle small claims. But 13 Investigates found a system some say is out of order and failing to deliver justice.
Follow Sandra Chapman's investigations here:
National audit suggests scrapping township small claims courts - A national audit recommends Marion County scrap its nine township small claims courts for one centralized court. It's the latest as lawmakers convene a study committee to decide how to fix the system.
New calls to abolish Marion County's Township small claims courts - For nearly a year, 13 Investigates showed you why the courts have come under fire including high attorney fees and allegations of favoritism toward debt collectors. Now a new national audit and a Federal Appeals Court Ruling are fueling the fire for more change and a class action lawsuit.
Judge speaks out on fairness in Marion County courts - Franklin Township Judge John Kitley says the law is clear. Anyone facing a lawsuit in Marion County should get proper notification.
Judge considers changes for small claims court fees - An Eyewitness News Investigation gets action, and it could keep more money in your pocket if you're ordered into any small claims court across the state.
More troubling issues found in township small claims court - Now our investigation finds mistakes in the system, costing some money they don't even owe and affecting their credit scores.
Judge seeks changes to eliminate high small claims fees - For the first time, the advisory judge for Marion County township courts admits there is a serious problem with fees and reveals steps to address it.
Task force demands changes to Indiana small claims court -There's growing outrage over what 13 Investigates uncovered in Marion County Small Claims Court: Attorneys charging fees more than double what people actually owe.
Small Claims: Big Injustice - Ashley and Gina are among more than 70,000 who face lawsuits in township small claims courts each year. They both opted for their day in court, a chance to go before a judge to face off with medical debt collectors who were seeking money for old, forgotten doctor bills.