In various parts of the United States, including the Southern District of Indiana, citizens are being targeted by phone calls threatening them with prosecution for failure to comply with jury service in federal court. The individual calling may identify him or herself as a "Federal Agent," and the caller may or may not indicate the call is from the "Federal Warrant Service" or some other fictitious federal law enforcement agency. The caller will state that a bench or arrest warrant has been issued for failure to appear in court and then give the person the option of paying a fine to avoid arrest. Typically, the caller will ask the person to obtain a "green dot" or "blue dot" voucher, debit card, or PayPal card.
These phone calls are fraudulent and have no connection to either the United States District Court or to the United States Marshals Service.
Neither this Court nor any other law enforcement agency will ever call someone to request the payment of a fine over the telephone for failure to appear for jury duty (nor will personal information, such as a social security number, ever be requested over the phone). Typically, jurors who miss jury duty will be contacted by the Clerk’s Office and may, in certain circumstances, be ordered to appear in court before a judge. Any fine for failure to appear for jury duty will be imposed by a judge 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 be imposed.
If anyone is contacted or has been contacted by someone requesting such payments, please do not make the payment. Instead, immediately contact the United States District Court Clerk’s Office in Indianapolis at 317-229-3700, and state that you may have been a target of juror fraud.
Press Release -- Jury Duty Scam Alert
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The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules, and they have been published for a period of public comment. The proposed amendments, Rules Committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and other information are posted on the Judiciary’s website, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below. The public comment period ends February 16, 2016.
Effective Friday, August 7, 2015, Local Criminal Rule 13-1 - Sentencing Procedure is amended. Please see the attached Order for the amendment details.
Order Amending Local Criminal Rule 13-1
A display celebrating Judge John Daniel Tinder's career has been installed in the main hall of the first floor of the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Indianapolis. The display, which features a collection of awards, photographs, presidential commissions, and other ephemera, will be in place until August 15. Judge Tinder has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit since 2007. He served on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana from 1987 until his elevation, and prior to that was United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana (1984-1987).
Judge Tinder has announced his retirement effective later this summer, and the display is a fun opportunity for the public and staff to reflect on Judge Tinder's lengthy career in public service.
Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann has announced his retirement effective January 31, 2016. Please see the attached press release for details.
Hussmann Retirement Press Release
The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana at Evansville, effective upon Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, Jr.'s, retirement on January 31, 2016. Attached below is the full public notice.
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 June 22, 2015, the revision of certain Local Rules. For more information, please see the attached Notice.
To allow for easier public access to specific data, PACER users and attorney e-filers may now use RSS feeds for notification of docketed events in civil and MDL matters. For more information on this new feature, please click here.
Van T. Willis was sworn in as Part-Time Magistrate Judge for the New Albany division of the Southern District of Indiana in a private ceremony on Friday, May 15. Please see the attached press release for further details.