Town Court Staff
Bio: Jim Spencer has been Judge of the Plainfield Town Court since 1989 and has been re-elected for 4-year terms in 1991, 1995 and again in 1999. Jim is a licensed attorney, a licensed professional engineer and a certified mediator in Indiana. As a practicing attorney, Jim focuses on the corporate, business and commercial areas of the law. Jim has served as an outside counsel for Delco Electronics Corporation and as Assistant General Counsel for AMAX Coal Industries, Inc.
Judge Spencer is an active member of the Plainfield community. He has served as president of the Plainfield Optimist Club and president and board member of the White Lick Heritage Community Foundation. He has a master's degree in engineering from the University of Illinois and a juris doctor degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
Duties of the Town Court
- The Plainfield Town Court began serving the community on September 5, 1989 with James Spencer presiding. The Court was established after passage of HB 1388 in the 1989 General Assembly, as a convenience for local residents and to reduce overtime costs for the Plainfield Police Department. The Town Court handles the following types of cases.
- Misdemeanors: A violation of and Indiana Statute for which a person might be imprisoned up to one year. Fines up to $5,000 can also be added to any period of imprisonment.
- Infractions: A violation of an Indiana Statute for which a person might be fined but not imprisoned. Most traffic violations are considered infractions. Fines up to $10,000 may be imposed for infraction violations.
- Ordinance Violations: Plainfield Town Ordinance Violations such as fire code, building code, and animal control violations can be heard in the Court with fines assessed for the violations.
- Pursuant to the Indiana Statutes, Judge Spencer has established a traffic violations bureau which lists the fines and costs for first violations of minor traffic offenses. The violations bureau allows most people issued traffic violations the opportunity to pay the fine and court cost before the scheduled court date. Use of the violations bureau is voluntary and those individuals wishing to request a trial may do so at the initial hearing date noted on the traffic summons.
- Court sessions are held each Tuesday evening (except the fifth Tuesday of a month) at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Court, located at 1075 West Main Street. Initial hearings and trials are conducted at each Court session for infractions, misdemeanors and ordinance violations.
- The Court office is open each business day from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to accept payments for the fines, court costs and to respond to procedural questions regarding pending cases. All Court sessions are open to the public and community and civic groups as well as residents are encouraged to attend the Court sessions and observe the Court proceedings.
Contact the Town Court: The Town Court is located inside the Plainfield Police Public Safety Building at 1075 W. Main Street, Plainfield, IN 46168. If you have any questions, please call the Town Court at (317) 838-3710 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.