COLUMBUS, Ind. — A 2002 graduate of Columbus East High School will begin her new job as Juvenile Magistrate in Bartholomew Circuit Court beginning June 1.
Brittney Manley Newland, 37 ,was sworn in Friday by Circuit Court judge Kelly Benjamin. In her new position, Newland will be handling matters such as paternity, delinquency and termination of parental rights for those under age 18.
The juvenile magistrate also handles all cases that fall under the jurisdiction of CHINS (Children In Need of Services), a program designed to benefit a child whose well-being has been seriously impaired or in danger through child abuse and neglect.
“To trust someone with the responsibilities of being a juvenile judge is huge,” Benjamin said. “So I look for someone who takes the job seriously, but loves children, loves life and has a good sense of humor. But it also requires someone who is intelligent and strong who will push at times to make sure right things happen.”
Even as a varsity basketball player for the Olympians, Newland was an overachiever. She excelled in academics, according to honor roll listings from that time, and was able to earn her bachelor’s degree in psychology in just over three years. After earning her masters in clinical psychology, she was accepted into a doctorate program.
While Newland’s practice includes criminal law, she has also represented clients in CHINS cases and has experience in representing clients through child custody and child support matters as well.
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