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Check this page, or the News and Announcements box on the homepage, for the latest official news and announcements released by the court. You can also access archived news and announcements from this page.

Mon, 2016-12-05

Across the United States, and specifically in the Southern District of Indiana, individuals posing as federal court officials and U.S. Marshals are targeting citizens, threatening them with arrest unless they pay.

“This year’s scams are more aggressive and sophisticated than we’ve seen in years past,” says Melissa Muir, Director of Administrative Services for the U.S. District Court of Western Washington.  “Scammers are setting up call centers, establishing call-back protocols and using specific names and designated court hearing times.”

A federal court will never threaten an individual or demand the immediate payment —either over the telephone or money wire service— for fines or for not responding to a jury summons.

“Receiving a call from someone impersonating a law enforcement officer and demanding money can be a frightening experience,” says Jarrett B. Perlow, Chief Deputy Clerk for the U.S. District Court of Maryland.  “As a court, we want to preserve and promote the integrity of the judicial process, and these calls, particularly those targeting prospective jurors, have the opposite effect.  We urge victims of these calls to contact us immediately, so that we can answer any questions or concerns they have and provide them with quick peace of mind.”

Avoid falling for a scam:

“Remember a scammer’s power lies solely in his or her ability to create fear as a means of impairing judgement,” says Raymond Fleck, Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal for the Judicial Security Section of Western Washington.

To take away a scammer’s power:

Separate yourself from the call to make a calm and collected assessment of the situation. 

  • Be aware of federal court policy on the failure to appear for jury service.
    • Typically, jurors who miss jury duty will be contacted by the court Clerk’s Office and may, in certain circumstances, be ordered to appear in court before a judge.  A judge will impose any fine for failure to appear for jury duty during an open session of court, and the summoned juror will be given the opportunity to explain the failure to appear before any fine would (is) be imposed. 
  • Hang up and contact your local court clerk’s office or U.S. Marshals Service office to check for any potential charges.

It is a serious crime for a person to falsely represent him or herself as a federal official.  Those receiving any such phone calls should not provide the requested information, and should immediately notify the Clerk of Court’s office of the U.S. District Court in their area. 

Contact information for federal courts may be found through the U.S. Courts court locator.

Please note that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is in charge of the collection of federal tax debts. To check for any outstanding federal tax debt, contact the IRS at (800) 913-6050 and view their collection process.

Tue, 2017-11-21

Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker was today awarded the Dr. Morton Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education from the Indianapolis Bar Association in recognition of his long-standing dedication to legal education. Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson expressed the court's pride in Judge Baker, who has served with distinction since being appointed a magistrate judge in 2001. Chief Justice John G. Roberts recently nominated Judge Baker to the Board of Directors of the Federal Judicial Center, another mark of Judge Baker's high standing in the legal community. 
Details about the award are available here.

Fri, 2017-11-17

The Honorable Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, is pleased to announce the selection of attorney Doris L. Pryor as United States Magistrate Judge.   Please click on the link below for the full press release.

  Press Release - Doris Pryor Selected as United States Magistrate Judge

Thu, 2017-11-16

The Local Rules Advisory Committee for the Southern District of Indiana has recommended, and the District Court has authorized release for a period of public comment through December 16, 2017, the revision of certain Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.  Please see the attached Notice for details.

  Public Notice for Proposed Amendments to Local Rules

Tue, 2017-10-17

The Judicial Emergency in the Southern District of Indiana, exacerbated by the recent deaths of Senior District Judge Larry J. McKinney and Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue, is ongoing. In a continued effort to ease the Judicial Emergency, Chief Judge James E. Shadid, of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, and District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, with the consent of Chief Judge Ruben Castillo, will assist with the caseload of the Southern District of Indiana, sitting by designation. The Honorable Diane P. Wood, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, designated Chief Judge Shadid and Judge Pallmeyer on October 5, 2017 and October 12, 2017, respectively. 
Please see the Press Release for further information. 

Tue, 2017-10-17

The Tenth Annual Court History and Continuing Legal Education Symposium, entitled "The Art of Legal History: From Film to Stone and Every Medium in Between," will be presented on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Court House, 46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. The program will be held in the William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom (Courtroom 202). Organized by the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, and sponsored by the Court, this two-hour Continuing Legal Education event will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
 
Please see the Press Release for further information.

Mon, 2017-10-16

The Seventh Circuit Pilot Program on Electronic Discovery is sponsoring a complimentary CLE webinar on November 2, 2017, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CT, regarding amendments to FRCP 37(e).  Those interested should click on the "Registration" link below for more information and to register. (Registration is open to the first 1250 registrants.)

The December 2015 amendments to FRCP 37(e) were designed to bring consistency to when courts find the loss of ESI sanctionable.  Has the amendment’s intent to address the “serious problems resulting from the continued exponential growth in the volume of ESI” borne out?  Join distinguished panelists for a discussion of recent cases and recommended practices.
Panelists:

  • Judge Tim Baker, Southern District of Indiana
  • Judge Iain Johnston, Northern District of Illinois
  • Nick Kahlon , Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP
  • Jeff Salling, Complete Discovery Source
  • Moderator:  Christine Payne, Kirkland & Ellis

About the Seventh Circuit Pilot Program:
 
The Seventh Circuit Pilot Program on Electronic Discovery was formed to develop, implement, evaluate, and improve pretrial litigation procedures that would provide fairness and justice to all parties while seeking to reduce the cost and burden of electronic discovery consistent with Rule 1 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Pilot Program has provided extensive education to thousands of attorneys in the Seventh Circuit and beyond. This CLE session is sponsored by the Pilot Program.
 
The CLE has been approved for one hour of CLE credit in Illinois, and credit in Indiana is pending.  Only the first 1250 registrants can be accommodated.

 

Wed, 2017-10-11

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will celebrate the life and career of the late Senior Judge Larry J. McKinney at a memorial ceremony to be held on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 2:00 pm.
 
Those wishing to pay tribute to Judge McKinney are invited to view a live video feed of the ceremony at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, in the Sarah Evans Barker Courtroom (#216). No RSVP is required to view the live feed. Judge McKinney passed away unexpectedly on September 20, 2017.
 
Additionally, people wishing to share remembrances of Judge McKinney may send such notes to remembrances@insd.uscourts.gov. Remembrances will be posted to the Court’s website.
 
An earlier Press Release featuring full details of Judge McKinney’s life and career may be viewed at http://www.insd.uscourts.gov/sites/insd/files/LJM%20long%20announcement.pdf.
 
Members of the media wishing to cover the memorial ceremony must contact Public Information Officer Doria Lynch at 317-229-3729 or Doria_Lynch@insd.uscourts.gov.

Wed, 2017-10-11

Members of the bar are invited to attend a one hour CLE event - Lunch with the Court: Magistrate Judges' Roundtable - on Friday, November 3, 2017.  This CLE event is hosted by the the Federal Bar Association - Indianapolis Division.  Please see the attached flyer and registration form for more details.  NOTE:  Space is limited to the first 50 paid registrants.  If there are any questions regarding this CLE event, please call or email Doris Pryor at (317) 226-6333 or doris.pryor@usdoj.gov.

  Lunch with Judge CLE Flyer

  Lunch with Judge CLE Registration Form

Mon, 2017-10-02

The ongoing Judicial Emergency in the Southern District of Indiana has been exacerbated by the recent unexpected death of Senior District Judge Larry J. McKinney. In a continued effort to ease the Judicial Emergency, effective September 26, 2017, Senior District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, will sit on the bench of the Southern District of Indiana by designation. See the Press Release for complete details. 

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