Prosecutor candidate says idea could increase citizen convenience, reduce police costs
FORT WAYNE—Attorney Mike Loomis, Republican candidate for Allen County Prosecutor in the May Primary, has proposed a new court setting that he says would make appearances for traffic and misdemeanor citations more convenient for officers and citizens alike.
Loomis proposes that a new night court be established in Allen County, to allow people to appear for minor cases in the evening hours.
“We are evolving as a heavily populated metropolitan area and the needs of our judicial system are changing. Many citizens face the inconvenience of appearing for court during the middle of their work day, or when they are caring for young children,” explained Loomis. “I would like to work closely with our Allen County judges to make night court a reality because I think it would better serve our citizens and our officers.”
Loomis indicated that many police officers work second and third shifts thus making it less convenient to appear in court during the daytime. He said he believes that proper scheduling could reduce police overtime costs and cut down on the number of continuances and other delays in many traffic and misdemeanor cases, improving the efficiency of those categories of cases.
While working in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office many years ago, Loomis worked as a contract deputy in the Speedway and Beechcrest municipal courts, and he has firsthand experience with calling cases in night court
“The sessions typically lasted from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 or 10 p.m., and a lot of cases went through the system in Indianapolis through night court”, he said. “The courts were generally packed for those night sessions, and it eased the workload on the daytime municipal courts. It is certainly time for us to consider moving in this direction.”
Loomis indicated that homicide cases in Allen County will continue to be the top priority in his administration, but that he also wants to make the justice system more efficient and accessible to citizens.