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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, 2018-10-18

On November 28, 2017, Chief U.S. District Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson and U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler warned the public of a nationwide scam in which callers pose as U.S. Marshals or other government officials and claim that the victim is about to be arrested for not appearing for jury duty, but can avoid arrest by paying a fine. The Southern District of Indiana has recently received an increased number of phone calls from victims regarding these scams and deems it of the utmost importance to reissue this Press Release to promote awareness and prevent more people from falling prey to such scams.  Please click on the link below for the full Press Release.

 Jury Scam Press Release

Fri, 2018-11-02

The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Craig M. McKee at Terre Haute, Indiana, is due to expire on August 22, 2019.  Comments from members of the bar and public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court.  Please see attached Public Notice for more information.

Tue, 2018-10-16

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 November 16, 2018, the revision of certain Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.  The proposed revisions are attached below.

  Public Notice for Proposed Amendments to Local Rules

Tue, 2018-10-16

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 November 16, 2018, the amendment of all Local Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The amendments, if adopted, will be effective December 1, 2018.  The proposed revisions are attached below.

  Public Notice for Proposed Amendments of all Local Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement

Fri, 2018-10-12

The Seventh Circuit Pattern Criminal Jury Instruction Committee submits proposed revised criminal pattern jury instructions for public comment.  Comments will be accepted through November 20, 2018.  Please see the Pattern Jury Instructions page for more information.

Mon, 2018-09-24

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana welcomed James R. Sweeney as its newest member of the bench on September 24, 2018. Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson administered the oath of office in front of Judge Sweeney's family, friends, and colleagues. Please see the Press Release for further information. 

Tue, 2018-09-04

The Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will host its 11th annual Court History and Continuing Legal Eduation Symposium on Thursday, October 24, from 1:00-4:30 pm. "Never-Ending Stories: Gerrymandering and Redistricting, plus Judges Unleashed: Candid Observations from the (Retired) Bench" promises to be educational and entertaining. Please see the press release for full details and registration information. 

Thu, 2018-08-09

On Friday, October 5, 2018, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and the Indiana State Bar Association Latino Affairs Committee will welcome Dr. Adi G. Martínez Román, Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Access to Justice Fund Foundation as the keynote speaker at their second annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will host the event at 2:00 pm in the Sarah Evans Barker Courtroom (courtroom 216) at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Martínez Román will speak about the challenges presented by Hurricane Maria and ways in which the legal community was able to provide relief.

Please see the Press Release for full details and registration information. 

Mon, 2018-06-25

The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Van T. Willis at New Albany, Indiana, is due to expire on May 14, 2019.  The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new four-year term.  The full Public Notice is attached below.

  Public Notice for Reappointment of Incumbent Magistrate Judge

Fri, 2018-06-22

Bankruptcy Judge Basil Lorch, III, is retiring soon.  The Seventh Circuit seeks candidates for his replacment.  For more information, please read the announcement linked below.

  Notice Re: Bankruptcy Judge Position

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