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Judge Charles Carter Wicks

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Elkhart County

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Elkhart County

Background Information

Affiliations

Board Member
Pachyderm

Education

Indiana Judicial College

Indiana University School of Law , Bloomington

Tulane University

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Judge of Elkhart Superior Court No. ...

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Judge of Elkhart Superior Court No. 5: Charles Carter Wicks (R)


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Judge Charles Carter Wicks has filed for re-election to the office of judge of the Elkhart Superior Court No. 5 in which he has served since January 2009. He will be a candidate in the Republican primary on May 6.

Wicks points to his accomplishments as eliminating a large backlog of criminal cases when he took office by trying 28 criminal jury cases in his first year and establishing a plea-bargain deadline police which has resulted in efficiency in the ability to try criminal cases in a matter of a few weeks rather than months. The Elkhart Superior Court No. 5 is a high-volume court which handles more than 1,000 criminal cases a year and has a small claims docket of more than 3,500 cases a year. Wicks also has been able to decide most civil bench cases within a week and those requiring legal research within a month.
Wicks also serves as president of the Elkhart Community Corrections Advisory Board which oversees the Work Release Center and Community Corrections Programs which are an alternative to prison. He also helped reorganize the Teen Court Program through Bashor's Children's Home and received Bashor's "Volunteer of the Year" award in 2009.
Wicks, a Goshen native, previously practiced law for 34 years and served as a part-time deputy prosecuting attorney for 30 years. From 2001 to 2007 he served as chairman of the Elkhart County Republican Party. He is a graduate of Tulane University and the Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington and in 2012 graduated from the Indiana Judicial College. He is a United States Air Force veteran and received the Air Force Commendation Medal in 1974.


Charles Wicks (Photo ...

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Charles Wicks (Photo Supplied) ELKHART Two Elkhart County judges announced Friday, Jan. 10, they are planning to run for re-election this year.

Superior Court 1 Judge Evan S. Roberts and Superior Court 5 Judge Charles C. Wicks announced Friday they will seek re-election this year in the Republican primary.
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Wicks has served since 2009. He previously practiced law for 34 years and served as a part-time deputy prosecuting attorney for 30 years. He served from 2001 to 2007 as chairman of the Elkhart County Republican Party.
Wicks is a graduate of Tulane University and Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington. In 2012, he graduated from Indiana Judicial College. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran and received the Air Force Commendation Medal in 1974.
As judge of Superior Court 5, Wicks established a plea bargain deadline policy, which has resulted in the ability to try criminal cases in a matter of a few weeks rather than months, according to a press release.
Superior Court 5 handles more than 1,000 criminal cases a year and has a small claims docket of more than 3,500 cases a year.
Wicks serves as president of the Elkhart County Community Corrections Advisory Board, which oversees the Work Release Center and Community Corrections programs two alternative programs to prison.
He also helped reorganize the teen court program through Bashor Childrens Home, and in 2009 received Bashor Homes Volunteer of the Year award.


"There is some change needed," said ...

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"There is some change needed," said Elkhart County Superior Court 5 Judge Charles Wicks, "especially in the theft statute."

Judge Wicks, who is on the policy committee of the state judges' association, said he worked with legislators in the last session, but the Right-to-Work legislation got in the way of judicial reforms this year.
"I haven't seen the proposal," he said, "but I assume it will be similar to last year's."
Judge Wicks explained that there are some jurisdictions.
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Judge Wicks pointed out that the current theft statute calls for the offense to be a Class D felony if the loss is up to $100,000. If the offense involves a loss of more than $100,000, the charge may be a Class C felony,.
"I thought it was a good idea to change the theft statute," Wicks said. "We handle  a lot of shoplifting. It is amazing the small dollar amounts. But it may cost the offender several hundred dollars in court costs and penalties."
Another problem with the proposed legislation last year was the mandate for the use of community corrections for all Class D felony cases, Wicks explained. When the work release center was built on Cottage Avenue in Goshen, the zoning agreement called for not housing sex offenders and violent offenders at the center.
That agreement might prohibit a judge from sentencing a person to work release in a domestic battery case, which may be a Class D felony.
"The court should have some discretion," Wicks said.


"There is some change needed," said ...

goshennews.com [cached]

"There is some change needed," said Elkhart County Superior Court 5 Judge Charles Wicks, "especially in the theft statute."

Judge Wicks, who is on the policy committee of the state judges' association, said he worked with legislators in the last session, but the Right-to-Work legislation got in the way of judicial reforms this year.
"I haven't seen the proposal," he said, "but I assume it will be similar to last year's."
Judge Wicks explained that there are some jurisdictions.
...
Judge Wicks pointed out that the current theft statute calls for the offense to be a Class D felony if the loss is up to $100,000. If the offense involves a loss of more than $100,000, the charge may be a Class C felony,.
"I thought it was a good idea to change the theft statute," Wicks said. "We handle  a lot of shoplifting. It is amazing the small dollar amounts. But it may cost the offender several hundred dollars in court costs and penalties."
Another problem with the proposed legislation last year was the mandate for the use of community corrections for all Class D felony cases, Wicks explained. When the work release center was built on Cottage Avenue in Goshen, the zoning agreement called for not housing sex offenders and violent offenders at the center.
That agreement might prohibit a judge from sentencing a person to work release in a domestic battery case, which may be a Class D felony.
"The court should have some discretion," Wicks said.

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