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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.

Fri, 2016-08-19

The ninth annual Court History and Continuing Legal Education Symposium is set for Tuesday, October 11, from 1:00-3:30 pm at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Indianapolis. As the court approaches its Bicentennial in 2017, the event will look back at the history of the original District of Indiana and the separation of the court into Northern and Southern Districts in 1928. In en effort to bring the two courts together once more, the Court's Historical Society will welcome four judges from the Northern District and five from the Southern District to reflect on the history of their institutions. Court Historian Doria Lynch will also speak about the history of the District of Indiana and its dissolution. See below for full details. RSVP to
 2016 Court History CLE Announcement

Fri, 2016-08-12

Effective September 1, 2016, Local Rule 4-6 - Representation of Indigent Litigants - will be deleted in its entirety as it is duplicative of NEW Local Rule 87 - Representation of Indigent Litigants - which takes effect September 1, 2016.  Please see the attached public notice for more information.

  Public Notice Regarding Deletion of Local Rule 4-6 - Representation of Indigent Litigants

Fri, 2016-08-05

The Indiana State Bar Association’s Federal Judiciary Committee is currently seeking nominations from federal judges, the public, attorneys practicing in Indiana’s federal courts, and a candidate’s peers for the Henry Hurst Judicial Assistance Award.  This year the Hurst Award is to be presented to a member of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. Nominees shall be from the Northern District of Indiana and serve as a member of the district court clerk’s office or the district bankruptcy court clerk’s office, as a staff member to a district court judge, a district bankruptcy court judge, or a magistrate judge, or as a member of the administrative personnel.  Please see the attachment for more information.

  Nominations for the Henry Hurst Judicial Assistance Award

Thu, 2016-07-21

Courtroom 216 at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Indianapolis will henceforth be known as the Sarah Evans Barker Courtroom. Please see the press release for more information, and the Resolution by the District Court bestowing this honor.
 SEB Courtroom Press Release
 SEB Resolution

Fri, 2016-07-15

The court hereby gives public notice that new Local Rule 87 - Representation of Indigent Litigants will become effective September 1, 2016.  Please see the Public Notice and two General Orders regarding new Local Rule 87 linked below.

  Public Notice Re: New Local Rule 87
General Order Re: Local Rule 87

General Order Re: Local Rule 87 Threshold Numbers

Thu, 2016-06-23

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, the Court, in partnership with the Indianapolis Bar Association, will host a free continuing legal education seminar on prisoner civil rights litigation.  For full details and registration information, please see the attached CLE Announcement.
  CLE Announcement

Fri, 2016-05-13

The court has published, for purposes of obtaining comment from members of the bar and the public, Proposed Local Rule 87 - Representation of Indigent Litigants. This Rule alters the court's format for managing it's panel of volunteer lawyers and creates an "Obligatory Panel" of recruited counsel. The court has created a webpage ( that includes a letter to the Bar from Chief Judge Richard L. Young; Frequently Asked Questions; and other relevant information.

Comments from the Bar and the Public are encouraged. Those commenting are strongly encouraged to review the entire Notice, including the Drafter's Notes, and the Frequently Asked Questions, prior to submission. Comments will only be accepted in writing (via email or by letter) and must be received by June 12, 2016.

  Notice of Proposed Amendment to Local Rules

Mon, 2016-04-25

The attached proposed revised pattern Section 1983 civil jury instructions for the Seventh Circuit are offered for public comment through April 29, 2016, by the Seventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instruction Committee and Section 1983 Jury Instruction Subcommittee. 
  Cover Letter for Revised 1983 Notice & Comment

  Proposed Revised 1983 Instructions

Mon, 2016-04-18

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will host a formal investiture ceremony for Magistrate Judge Matthew P. Brookman this Wednesday, April 20, at 3:00 pm CDT at the Winfield K. Denton Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Evansville, Indiana. Please see the attached press release for full details. 
 MPB Investiture Press Release 

Thu, 2016-03-31

Across the United States, 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.