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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.

Thu, 2016-09-29

On July 14, 2016, in recognition of Senior District Judge Sarah Evans Barker’s more than 32 years of devoted service to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and the wider community, Chief Judge Richard L. Young announced on behalf of the court that Courtroom 216 at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse has been named in Judge Barker’s honor. A ceremony is being held at 4:00 pm on September 29, 2016, in the courtroom to celebrate this occasion. See the press release below for more information.
 SEB Courtroom Ceremony
 SEB Resolution

Wed, 2016-09-28

The clerk of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals announced Tuesday proposed new and amended circuit rules dealing with maximum word counts for briefs.  Click here for full article on The Indiana Lawyer.

Tue, 2016-09-20

The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Baker, at Indianapolis, Indiana, is due to expire on September 30, 2017.  Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whehter the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended for reappointment.  Comments must be received on or before October 21, 2016.   Please see the attached Public Notice for more information.
  Public Notice for Reappointment of an Incumbent Magistrate Judge

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 rsvp@insd.uscourts.gov.
 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 (http://www.insd.uscourts.gov/proposed-LR-87) 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

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