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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: (3/30/2020) On March 27, 2020, the President of the United States signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, H.R. 748 (2020) (the “CARES ACT”, H.R. 748). Section 15002 of that Act provides for video teleconferencing, or telephone conferencing if video teleconferencing is not reasonably available, for certain criminal proceedings if the Judicial Conference of the United States finds that the national emergency declared by the President under the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) will materially affect the functioning of either the federal courts generally or a particular district court of the United States, and the chief judge of a court covered by that finding authorizes the use of video teleconferencing, or telephone conferencing if video teleconferencing is not reasonably available.

Excerpt:  (3/13/2020) This General Order is being issued in response to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States of America, and specifically within the Southern District of Indiana. The Court has considered guidance from a variety of sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as federal, state and local public health authorities.

Excerpt: (May 20, 2020) The Court’s General Orders issued on March 18, 2020, and March 20, 2020, remain in effect, but they are amended. To the extent this Order differs from previous Orders of the Court on this subject, this Order supersedes and replaces those Orders...First, persons under supervision by the United States Probation Office are permitted to report to courthouses for specific supervision activities (e.g., drug testing) as directed by the United States Probation Office...Second, other individuals (e.g., vendors) will be permitted to enter courthouses when necessary for continued court operations on an as needed basis...Third, individuals required to participate in scheduled Court proceedings will be permitted to enter courthouses.

Excerpt: (4/13/2020)  Normal court operations cannot be resumed at this time without presenting substantial health risks to the public..It is hereby ORDERED that, effective immediately in all of the Court’s divisions: all jury trials are continued through and including at least May 29, 2020...and through and including at least May 29, 2020, all Court-officiated naturalization ceremonies are cancelled.

Excerpt:  (5/12/2020)  The Court’s current operational status will remain in place until at least June 15,2020. Other than jury trials, civil and criminal proceedings shall continue to proceed by telephone or video teleconference as ordered in any particular case. No in-person proceedings shall occur until June 15, 2020, except under emergency circumstances as ordered in a particular case. This date is subject to change, depending upon the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in each of the Court's four divisions...All jury trials are continued through and including at least July 20, 2020...through and including at least June 15, 2020, all Court-officiated naturalization ceremonies are cancelled.

Excerpt:  (3/18/2020) In light of the rapidly evolving situation presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing risks to the public, Court personnel, and the orderly administration of justice, the Court finds that closure of certain Court locations is warranted. Accordingly, it is now ORDERED that the Evansville Federal Courthouse located at at 101 Northwest MLK Jr., Blvd, Evansville, Indiana 47708, is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC effective at 5:00 p.m. on March 18, 2020.

Excerpt(3/18/2020) In light of the rapidly evolving situation presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing risks to the public, Court personnel, and the orderly administration of justice, the Court finds that closure of certain Court locations is warranted. Accordingly, it is now ORDERED that the following divisional locations of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, including the United States Bankruptcy Court and the United States Probation Office for the Southern District of Indiana, are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC effective at 12:00 noon on March 18, 2020...(Indianapolis, Terre Haute, and New Albany)

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