Statement issued Tuesday by Allen Circuit Court:
Allen Circuit Court Judge Thomas J. Felts has been appointed to serve on the Indiana Commission on Courts. Felts will serve as the appointee of Senate President Pro Tempore David Long of Fort Wayne.
The Indiana General Assembly created the Commission on Courts to review, conduct research, and hold public hearings on all requests for new courts or changes in jurisdiction of existing courts, and to review and make recommendations concerning any other matters relating to court administration that it deems appropriate. The Commission is required to submit a report to the General Assembly before November 1 of each year.
The Commission’s 13 members include the Chief Justice; four members from the Indiana House of Representatives and four members from the Indiana Senate; two appointees of the Senate President Pro Tempore, one who is a sitting judge and one who is a county commissioner; and two appointees of the Speaker of the House, one being a member of the county council and one being a circuit court clerk.
Judge Felts is in his second term as the Allen Circuit Court Judge and remains active in other local activities in addition to his work for the Indiana Commission on Courts. Most notable is his work with the Foellinger Foundation, the Allen County Community Corrections Board of Directors, and volunteering with Parkview Hospice in Fort Wayne and surrounding communities.