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Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson has issued a new General Order and Public Notice in the matter of court security. All individuals having business in a courthouse in the Southern District of Indiana are advised to acquaint themselves with the information contained within the General Order and Public Notice.
General Order in the Matter of Court Security
Public Notice regarding Court Security
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.
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has come under the leadership of a new chief judge. The Honorable Jane E. Magnus-Stinson assumed the role on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. See the Press Release below for more information.
JMS Chief Judge PR FINAL.pdf
The Court has considered the proposed amendments and the comments received, and effective December 1, 2016, the Local Rules will be amended. Please see the attached Notice for details.
Notice of Amendments to Local Rules
At its September 2016 session, the Judicial Conference approved several changes to the federal court miscellaneous fee schedules. As the result, effective December 1, 2016, certain fees on the District Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule will increase.
Notice of Increase to Certain Fees on the District Courts Miscellaneous Fee Schedule
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 November 19, 2016, the revision of certain Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The proposed revisions are linked below.
Proposed Amendments to Local Rules
The Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program is conducting a survey to obtain input from Seventh Circuit attorneys so that the Program can better serve you and your clients. The survey will be open until November 15, 2016. Thank you in advance for your response. Click here to complete the survey.
For more information about the Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program, Click here.
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
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.