The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications issued an advisory opinion dealing with a judge's ability to personally accept compensation for solemnizing marriage ceremonies during court hours. The Commission's view is that Rule 1.3 of the Code of Judicial Conduct requires judges who perform wedding ceremonies during the court's regular hours to remit the funds received for these services to the court; by receiving personal compensation for judicial duties performed while the court is open and conducting business, judges may be perceived as using their judicial position for pecuniary gain.
This is the thirty-third of our Court Times articles that highlight up close and personal a member of the Indiana Judiciary.
Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Stephen R. Heimann is our judge featured in this issue. Judge Heimann graduated from Wabash College in 1977 and Indiana University Robert McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis in 1980. While in law school, he clerked at Ice, Miller, Donadio, & Ryan, interned for federal district court Judge Cale Holder, and worked for the Marion County Public Defender.