City Court - Joe Nugent, Judge

Court Hours

Court is held on Monday evenings at 6 p.m., Wednesday afternoons at 1 p.m. (Eviction and Civil filings) and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. Holidays court is not in session include: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, and New Years Day.


Hobart City Court has jurisdiction over all ordinance violations for the city (I.C. 33-35-2-3) and countywide jurisdiction over infractions, such as speeding tickets (I.C. 33-35-2-3, 8 ) and misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are crimes with a maximum jail sentence of not more than one year (I.C. 33-35-2-3, 8). Examples of misdemeanors are conversion, operating while intoxicated, and public intoxication.

The City Court also has the same civil jurisdiction as the Circuit Court, for cases involving amounts of not more than $6,000 (I.C. 33-35-2-5). The City Court does not have jurisdiction over cases involving slander, libel, foreclosure of mortgages, cases involving estates or guardianship’s, or actions in equity (I.C. 33-35-2-6).

The Hobart City Court is not a court of record, and it does not have small claims jurisdiction. Cases heard are subject to the formal rules of evidence and procedure.


Hobart City Court has been in existence since 1960. The first judge of the city court, Anthony J. Cefali, served for 28 years; the courtroom is named in his honor. Local Attorney Ervin Carstensen served four years as city judge in the 1960s. The longest serving judge, William J. Longer, served as judge of the Hobart City Court for 32 years from 1992 through 2023; the William J. Longer Justice Center is named in his honor.


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**The online docket information is generally accurate but is not the official record of the court.