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City Court - William J. Longer, Judge
Court Hours
Court is held on Monday evenings at 6 p.m. 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 guardianships, 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 a total of 28 years. Local Attorney Ervin Carstensen served four years as city judge in the 1960s. The current judge, William J. Longer, has served as judge of the Hobart City Court since 1992, and is currently in his seventh term.

Note:  Hobart City Court is scheduled to move to Odyssey in early 2019.  The docket information can be accessed on Courtview on the Lake County web site as long as it is available, until the transition. 

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

Hobart City Court

(219) 942-8218

705 E. Fourth St.
Suite C
Hobart, IN  46342

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

City of Hobart
414 Main St.
Hobart, IN 46342
Ph: 219-942-CITY