Perry Township Small Claims Court
The Perry Township Small Claims Court is a cooperative effort between three township officials: Judge Robert Spear, Constable David Taylor, and Trustee Susie Day. Judge Spear presides over all claims presented to the court, Constable Taylor oversees order in the court room and issues all papers from the court, and Trustee Day is the fiscal officer for the court. All serve four-year terms.
Every Township in Marion County has a Small Claims Court. The Perry Township consists of an office manager and three full time clerks. Hearing over 6,000 cases per year, the Court is designed to provide quick and easy access to persons with legal grievances with claims of $8000 or less.
Cases are required to be filed where the Defendant is located or the contract is signed. Cases involving landlord and tenant disputes must be filed in the township where the property is located.
Court Contact Information
Court Contact Information:
8:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
4925 Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN 46227
(317) 786-9242 (office)
(317) 788-4826 (fax)
The Perry Township Small Claims Court Presiding Judge
Robert S. Spear is the Judge for the Small Claims Court of Perry Township. Judge Spear has served on the court for the past 13 years. He was re-elected on November 4, 2014, for a term that expires on December 31, 2018. In the past he served as an Indiana Deputy Attorney General. His prior experience also includes working as a Republican session counsel for the Indiana House of Representatives. Judge Spear earned his B.A. from Wabash College in 1969 and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1972.
The Perry Township Division of the Marion County Small Claims Court provides a means of resolving disputes utilizing the informal simplified procedures of the Small Claims Court. Most cases involving less than $8000.00 can be heard without the parties going through the complicated process of litigation in a court of record. Cases are required to be filed where the Defendant is located or the contract is signed. Cases involving landlord and tenant disputes must be filed in the township where the property is located. The Perry Township Small Claims Court is not a part of the Superior Court or the Circuit Court, although the Circuit Court Judge is to lend aid and assistance when requested by the Perry Township Small Claims Court.
The Perry Township Small Claims Court Constable
David Taylor is the constable of the Perry Township Division of the Marion County Small Claims Court. The constable is making local government work for all of us by improved public safety for all Perry Township residents with timely serving of warrants, professional and accurate completion of law enforcement duties, increased transparency to make government more accessible to local residents and common-sense reforms that result in better service for taxpayers.
Constable Taylor provides bailiff services for the Perry Township Judge, serves court papers for the Perry Township Court, supervises evictions, replevins, and writ of attachments. Other duties include serving the court's personal service of process, carry out the orders of the court, and the preparation and mailing of all registered or certified service.
Constable Taylor strives to continue the policies and practices implemented to make the court the success it is known for today. Constable Taylor believes in public service and that all individuals from all walks of life need to be treated with respect and dignity when dealing with our court system.
Constable Taylor earned his bachelor's degree from IUPUI and holds a certification from the FBI National Academy.