Last updated: November 15, 2013
It borders Lake Michigan and is only 25 miles from downtown Chicago. It was the childhood home to the Jackson 5 and memorialized in the Broadway musical “The Music Man.” It was closely linked to the steel industry and is now going through a period of rebuilding and revitalization. Gary is an exciting place with change on its horizon. It is not surprising that legal issues arise during this period of flux. So, whether you have been called to jury service or have a legal matter of your own, here are a few of the courthouses you may encounter when dealing with a legal issue in Gary.
Initially developed as a traffic court, this court has expanded to include criminal and civil divisions. For further information including a list of court costs and fines, a copy of the Gary Municipal Code, and more, refer to the Office of the Gary City Clerk.
This court is not in Gary proper, but is the combined Superior and Circuit court for all of Lake County. For the local rules of this court (also known as the Lake County Rules of Civil Procedure), you may refer here. If you are representing yourself and need information or forms, you might wish to check out the Self Service Legal Center section of the Indiana Judicial Branch website.
This court deals with federal law issues only. Again, this court is not in Gary proper, but this Hammond Divisional Office handles matters from Lake and Porter counties. There are other Divisional Offices in Fort Wayne, Lafayette and South Bend. If you are summoned to jury duty in this court, you may wish to refer to these Frequently Asked Questions and Juror Basics.