News & Announcements

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, 2015-05-15

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.

 Willis Swearing In PR

Mon, 2015-04-20

A formal swearing-in ceremony for United States Bankruptcy Judge Jeffrey J. Graham has been set for Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Please see the attached press release for full details.
 Graham investiture PR.pdf

Mon, 2015-02-09
On Thursday, April 2, 2015, the court will host a continuing legal education seminar on pro bono opportunities in the Southern District of Indiana. The seminar
will educate attorneys about the Mediation Assistance Program (“MAP”) and the Civil Trial Assistance Panel (“CTAP”), and provide information about the types of cases handled by the two programs. See the attached press release for full details.
Wed, 2015-01-21

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana announced on January 21, 2015 that it has selected New Albany attorney Van T. Willis to serve as a part-time Magistrate Judge. Full details are included in the press release below.

 Willis press release.pdf

Fri, 2015-01-09

Join the agencies that comprise the federal court family on Friday, February 13, for their annual Black History Month celebration. This year, Dr. Jakobi Williams, Associate Professor of History at Indiana University-Bloomington, will explore the complex history of the Black Panther Party. This free event will offer one of CLE credit for attorneys (pending approval). Pre-registration is NOT required. Also note that Professor Williams will be selling and signing copies of his book, From the Bullet to the Ballot: The Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party and Racial Coalition Politics in Chicago, after the event. Books are $25 each and can be purchased via cash or check.

 See the Press Release for details: 
 2015 BHM PR.pdf.

Mon, 2014-12-01

United States Bankruptcy Judge Frank J. Otte will retire on December 31, 2014. See the attached press release for details. 
 Otte retirement PR.pdf

Mon, 2014-12-01

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana hereby gives public notice that the following amendments to the Local Rules of this Court are adopted, effective January 1, 2015.  Please click on the link below to view those amendments.
  Notice of Amendments to Local Rules

Thu, 2014-11-20

Access to court's eVoucher system will be unavailable from Friday, November 21, 2014, at 9:00 PM (EDT) until Monday, November 24, 2014, at 9:00 AM (EDT)., for scheduled maintenance.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the United States District Court Clerk' s Office at (317) 229-3700.

Tue, 2014-11-04

The Southern District of Indiana's Patent Case Management Plan has been revised and is effective as of November 3, 2014.  This revised plan replaces the former Phases I and II, and the former separate design patent plan.  To view the revised plan, please visit the court's Case Management Plans page by clicking here

Fri, 2014-10-31

The Local Rules Advisory Committee for the Southern District of Indiana has recommended, and the District Court has authroized for a period of public comment through November 30, 2014, the revision of certain Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.  Please click on the attached Notice to view the proposed amendments.

  Public Notice - Proposed Amendments to Local Rules