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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, 2016-06-23

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 ( 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

Mon, 2016-04-25

The attached proposed revised pattern Section 1983 civil jury instructions for the Seventh Circuit are offered for public comment through April 29, 2016, by the Seventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instruction Committee and Section 1983 Jury Instruction Subcommittee. 
  Cover Letter for Revised 1983 Notice & Comment

  Proposed Revised 1983 Instructions

Mon, 2016-04-18

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will host a formal investiture ceremony for Magistrate Judge Matthew P. Brookman this Wednesday, April 20, at 3:00 pm CDT at the Winfield K. Denton Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Evansville, Indiana. Please see the attached press release for full details. 
 MPB Investiture Press Release 

Thu, 2016-03-31

Across the United States, 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.

Wed, 2016-03-02

SOLD OUT:   The Advanced Legal Writing Seminar has reached maximum capacity.  Any further registration forms and checks received will be returned.


The Federal Bar Association, Indianapolis Chapter, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will host an Advanced Legal Writing Seminar on Friday, April 22, 2016. Registration is limited to the first 130 registrants.

  Program Details

Mon, 2016-02-01

Chief District Judge Richard L. Young is pleased to announce that Matthew P. Brookman has taken the oath to become a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Full details may be found in the press release below.
 Judge Brookman Press Release

Fri, 2016-01-15

Join the agencies that comprise the federal court family at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 17, for their annual Black History Month celebration, this year entitled, "Making Black History: Judge Robert L. Wilkins' Journey from Muncie to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit." Judge Wilkins will discuss his fascinating journey from the midwest to one of the nation's most influential courts. This program offers one hour of free CLE credit. Pre-registration is not required.
See the Press Release for details: 
2016 BHM Press Release

Thu, 2015-12-17

The Court has considered the proposed amendments and the comments received, and effective January 1, 2016, the Local Rules will be amended.  Please see the attached Notice for details.   
  Notice of Amendments to Local Rules

Wed, 2015-12-16

Effective January 4, 2016, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will implement important new changes in the delivery of e-mailed Notices of Electronic Filing (NEFs).  Please see the attached Notice for the details.
  Notice of Change to Delivery of E-Mailed Notices of Electronic Filing (NEFs)