Indiana Code - Civil Law and Procedure - Title 34, Section 34-47-3-8
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Contempt of supreme or appellate courts; special commissioner;
selection, powers, and duties
Sec. 8. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), this section
applies to all cases of indirect contempt of the supreme court or the
court of appeals.
(b) This section does not apply to indirect contempt growing out
of willfully resisting, hindering, delaying, or disobeying any lawful
process or order of court.
(c) The court against which the alleged contempt has been
committed shall, at the time the rule to show cause is issued,
nominate three (3) competent and disinterested persons, each of
whom shall be an available judge or member of the Indiana bar, to be
submitted to the parties in the action, from which the state, by the
attorney general, and the defendant shall immediately strike off one
(1) name each.
(d) The court shall appoint the person who remains unchallenged
under subsection (c) a special commissioner of the court, who shall:
(1) hear the evidence in the cause; and
(2) report in writing to the court:
(A) findings as to the guilt or innocence of the cited person;
(B) recommendations for punishment of the cited person, if
the person is found guilty of contempt as charged.
(e) A report prepared under subsection (d) shall be filed with the
clerk and entered on the minutes of the court.
(f) The appointed special commissioner shall qualify by accepting
the appointment and taking the same oath as a regularly qualified
judge, if the special commissioner is not a regularly qualified judge.
The appointment and oath shall be filed with the clerk and entered on
the minutes of the court.
(g) The special commissioner appointed under subsection (d):
(1) has full authority to examine the parties in the cause, upon
oath, concerning all matters contained in the citation for
(2) may require the production of all books, writings, records,
and other documents applicable;
(3) may examine under oath all witnesses produced by the
parties and compel their attendance at the hearings of the cause;
(4) may do all other acts and direct all other inquiries and
proceedings in the matter necessary and proper to the justice
and merits of the cause and the rights of the parties.
As added by P.L.1-1998, SEC.43.
Last modified: May 25, 2006