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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.

Mon, 2014-09-15

A unique naturalization ceremony will be held at the Indiana State Museum on Thursday, September 18, at 10:00 am as part of the Federal Judiciary's national initiative to recognize and celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. The press and public are welcome to attend. See the attached press release for complete details.

 naturalization Constitution Day PR.pdf

Tue, 2014-09-02

"Indiana's Federal Courts: A Legacy of Justice" is an exciting new journey in the Destination Indiana exhibit at the Indiana Historical Society.  This journey celebrates the history of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana through pictures, maps, and text. View the Press Release for details.

  Destination Indiana press release.pdf

Tue, 2014-08-19

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.  The following proposed amendments were approved for publication by the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure in May 2014.  Please click on the link below for further details.  The public comment period closes on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.

Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment

Mon, 2014-08-04

The current term of the office of United States Magistrate Judge Craig M. McKee at Terre Haute, Indiana, is due to expire August 22, 2015.  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.  Please see the full notice for details. 

  Public Notice - Reappointment for Incumbent Magistrate Judge

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