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General Orders

Excerpt:  The District Court Judges, in conjunction with the Magistrate Judges, and the Indiana Federal Community Defender (the "Federal Defender"), oversee a program wherein attorneys who do not have the requisite experience for membership on a Criminal Justice Act ("CJA") Panel (see, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A) are eligible to assist or be mentored by the Federal Community Defender, an Assistant Federal Defender, or a member of the CJA Panel as to cases pending in the Evansville Division and some cases pending in the New Albany Division.

Excerpt:  Pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act of 1964, as amended (section 3006A of Title 18, United States Code (the "CJA"), and the "Guidelines for the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act," contained in the Guide to Judicial Policies and Procedures (the "CJA Guidelines"), the United States District Court for the Southern District oflndiana adopts this Amended Criminal Justice Act Plan (the "Amended CJA Plan") to prescribe the procedures and requirements for furnishing representation in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana to any person financially unable to obtain adequate representation in accordance with the CJA.

Excerpt: This general order is entered pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 137 and Local Rule 40-1, providing for distribution of the court’s business and caseload among the Judges in such manner as may be prescribed by order of the court.

Excerpt: This General Order is entered to clarify the methods by which the Court will accept case filings and similar materials that seek Court action, and to specify that documents will not be accepted for filing if transmitted by email.

Excerpt:  The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana adopts the following plan governing requests for prepayment or reimbursement of expenses incurred by counsel recruited to represent indigent civil litigants pursuant to Local Rule 87.

Excerpt:  The United States District Court for the Southern District of indiana establishes the following threshold numbers of appearances in a civil case to determine which attorneys qualify for placement on the Obligatory Panel pursuant to Local Rule 87.  This number is established based on the need for representation in a given year.

Excerpt: In Rehaif v. United States, 588 U.S. ___, 139 S.Ct. 2191 (2019), the United States Supreme Court held that in 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), the “word ‘knowingly’ applies both to the defendant’s conduct and to the defendant’s status.” 204 L. Ed. 2d at 599. Days later, the Court held in United States v. Davis, 588 U.S. ___, 139 S.Ct. 2319, 2336 (2019) that the residual clause of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(3)(B) is unconstitutionally vague.  The Court expresses no opinion as to whether or how these decisions might affect any previously adjudicated case.

Excerpt:  The First Step Act of 2018 granted retroactive application of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. 124 Stat. 2372. The Office of the Indiana Federal Community Defenders for the Southern District of Indiana is hereby appointed to represent any defendant previously determined to have been entitled to appointment of counsel, or who was previously represented by retained counsel and is presently indigent, to determine whether that defendant may qualify to seek reduction of sentence and to present any motions or applications for reduction of sentence in accordance with Section 404 of the First Step Act of 2018.

Excerpt:   Documents submitted to the Clerk for filing with this Court must not be contaminated or tainted with any substances that are or could reasonably be believed to be a bodily fluid or other biohazard...Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Clerk, Deputy Clerks, and other Court staff will reject materials of any kind that are submitted for filing but which are or are reasonably believed to be contaminated or tainted with blood, any other bodily fluid, or other biohazardous matter.

Excerpt:  This order supersedes and replaces all prior orders of this Court on these subjects and establishes the security procedures applicable to all persons entering federal court facilities in the Southern District of Indiana, including the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Indianapolis, the United States Courthouse in Terre Haute; the United States Courthouse in Evansville; and the Lee H. Hamilton Federal Building and Courthouse in New Albany (collectively referred to as "U.S. Courthouses in the Southern District" or "Courthouse Facilities").

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