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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, 2014-07-31

Jury service scams are occuring nationwide. Click here for important information

Wed, 2014-06-25

On Wednesday, June 25, 2014, Chief Judge Young issued rulings in the Indianapolis and New Albany same-sex marriage cases.  In the Indianapolis Division, Chief Judge Young issued an Entry on Cross-Motions for Summary Judgment in the following three cases: Baskin vs. Bogan, Case No. 1:14-cv-355-RLY-TAB; Fujii vs. Pence, 1:14-cv-404-RLY-TAB; and Lee vs. Pence, Case No. 1:14-cv-406-RLY-MJD. 

Also, in the New Albany Division, Chief Judge Young issued an Entry on Defendant's Motion to Dismiss - granting Defendant's Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction in Love vs. Pence, Case No. 4:14-cv-15-RLY-TAB.  Please see the attached two entries for further details.

 Indianapolis - Entry on Cross-Motions for Summary Judgment 

 New Albany  - Entry on Defendant's Motion to Dismiss

Mon, 2014-06-23

The proposed amendment of Local Criminal Rule 13.1 is being considered by the court, but the amended rule is not in effect.  Please check back for updated information. 

Thu, 2014-06-05

The Honorable Sarah Evans Barker receives Lifetime Achievement Award.  To read the full article, please click on the link below. 

Lifetime Achievement:  Judge Sarah Evans Barker

Thu, 2014-05-29

In effort to increase compliance with Rule 53 and Judicial Conference policy, as well as to mitigate interference with sensitive courtroom sound equipment, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana hereby ORDERS that cellular phones, electronic tablets, personal digital assistants, and all other electronic devices capable of audio or video recording be turned off (and not simply silenced) in all courtrooms of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.  Please see the attached Order for the complete language.

 General Order Re: Cellular Phones and Electronic Devices in Courtrooms

Wed, 2014-05-28

Two scams, threatening that the recipient will be arrested if a fine or settlement is not paid, are circulating in the U.S. 


The Third Branch News - Warning!  Arrest Warrant Scam

Thu, 2014-05-08

On Thursday, May 8, 2014, Chief Judge Young issues an entry granting Plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction.  Please see the attached entry for further details.

  Entry on Plaintiffs' Motion for a Preliminary Injunction

Thu, 2014-04-24

The Indiana State Bar Association’s Federal Judiciary Committee is currently seeking nominations from federal judges, the public, attorneys practicing in Indiana’s federal courts, and a candidate’s peers for the Henry Hurst Judicial Assistance Award.  The Hurst Award is named in memory of Henry Hurst, the first federal clerk of the district court of Indiana, sworn in on May 5, 1817, and serving the entire State until 1835.  Henry Hurst exemplified the importance of having highly skilled personnel assisting the federal judiciary in order to promote justice and efficiency of the courts.  

This year the Hurst Award is to be presented to a member of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. Nominees shall be from the Northern District of Indiana and serve as a member of the district court clerk’s office or the district bankruptcy court clerk’s office, as a staff member to a district court judge or a district bankruptcy court judge, or as a member of the administrative personnel.

Nominations are to be sent to Lyle Hardman at and are to be received by June 1, 2014.  Please identify the nominee’s job title and provide a description of the candidate’s qualifications for the award.

Wed, 2014-04-23

On Friday, June 27, 2014, the Court will host a free continuing legal education seminar on medical issues in prisoner litigation.  Lawyers recently appointed by the Court to represent a prisoner and those interested in accepting pro bono appoinments are strongly encouraged to attend this special seminar.  Please see the attached for more information.

  June 27, 2014, CLE Announcement

Fri, 2014-04-18

On Friday, April 18, 2014, Chief Judge Young issued an Order Granting the Plaintiffs' Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order.  Please see the attached order for details.


Order Granting the Plaintiffs' Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order