Allen Circuit Court


JOHN D. KITCH III is a Magistrate in the Allen Circuit Court. He is a 1995 graduate of DePauw University and 1998 graduate from the Valparaiso University School of Law.
Magistrate Kitch was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Marion County from 1998-2003 where he prosecuted child support cases for the IV-D program and later supervised the Asset Forfeiture Unit, which involved seizing weapons, currency and property used in the commission of crimes.
In 2003, Magistrate Kitch became a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Allen County focusing primarily on Misdemeanor, Juvenile, and Felony gun cases as part of a federal gun grant, and later handled a general felony caseload.
In 2006-2007, Magistrate Kitch was in private practice, primarily focusing on criminal defense and personal injury.
From 2008-2013, Magistrate Kitch presided over the IV-D division of the Allen Circuit Court. Magistrate Kitch now presides over the Domestic Relations division of the Allen Circuit Court, and continues to cover the Court's criminal arraignment as well as civil and criminal jury trials.  He has presented annually at the Indiana Child Support Conference and presented continuing legal education for the Allen County Bar Association and Eastern Region Child Support Association, as well as Applied Professionalism seminars for new attorneys.  He is a board member of  the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana, Inc.  He is also a member of the Problem Solving Courts Committee for the Indiana Judicial Conference, and previously served as a member for the Indiana Protection Order Committee.