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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.

Fri, 2020-06-26

On March 18, 2020 and March 20, 2020, the Court issued General Orders closing all Courthouses in the Southern District of Indiana to the public, finding that closure was warranted in light of the risks presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. To the extent this Order differs from previous orders of the Court on this subject, this Order supersedes and replaces those Orders.  Please see General Order linked below outlining the details on courthouses reopening.

General Order Re: Continued Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 and Related Coronavirus (Courthouses Reopening)

 

Fri, 2020-06-26

Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson today issued two General Orders, one that announces date on which the courthouses of the Southern District of Indiana will reopen to the public, and the second providing dates for the resumption of an array of in-person court proceedings, among other matters. To the extent these Orders differ from previous orders of the Court on this subject, these Orders supersede and replace those Orders.  Please see Press Release linked below for more details.
 

Press Release:  Two General Orders Re: Continued Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 and Related Coronavirus

Fri, 2020-06-26

During the months of March, April, May, and June 2020, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued several General Orders regarding Court operations in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These orders, among other things, closed all Courthouses in the Southern District of Indiana to the public, continued all jury trials, cancelled all naturalization ceremonies, and discussed delays caused by criminal trial continuances with respect to the Speedy Trial Act. To the extent this Order differs from previous orders of the Court on this subject, this Order supersedes and replaces those Orders.  Plesae see General Order linked below outlining details regarding Civil Service by United States Marshals Service, In-Person Proceedings, Speedy Trial Act, and Naturalization Ceremonies.

General Order Re: Continued Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 and the Related Coronavirus

Fri, 2020-06-12

Due to the threat to public health and safety currently posed by COVID-19 and the related coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and other public health and governmental authorities have advised individuals and entities to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19, including recommending the wearing of face coverings in public settings.  Upon consideration of this public health guidance, it is necessary to require entrants and occupants of all courthouses in the Southern District of Indiana to wear face coverings.  Please see General Order linked below.

  General Order Re: Face Coverings in Courthouses Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 and Related Coronavirus

Fri, 2020-06-05

During the months of March, April, and May 2020, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued several General Orders regarding Court operations in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These orders, among other things, continued all jury trials, cancelled all naturalization ceremonies, and discussed delays caused by criminal trial continuances with respect to the Speedy Trial Act. To the extent this Order differs from previous orders of the Court on this subject, this Order supersedes and replaces those prior orders.

  General Order Re: Continued Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 and the Related Coronavirus

Tue, 2020-01-14

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has been informed that scammers are calling individuals with cases pending before the court, posing as court staff, and requesting that the victim provide his or her Social Security number. A court official or other government employee will never contact someone and demand personal information or payment by phone or email.

Residents of the Southern District of Indiana who believe they have been the victim of this scam are encouraged to report the incident to the District Court Clerk’s Office at 317-229-3700 and the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov. For additional information things to remember, who to call, and what to do if you are contacted by a scammer, view the Press Release

Thu, 2019-04-25

On November 28, 2017, Chief U.S. District Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson and U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler warned the public of a nationwide scam in which individuals pose as government officials and claim the victim is about to be arrested for failing to appear for jury duty, failing to pay an IRS penalty, or defaulting on a legal or contractual obligation. Individuals are told that they can avoid arrest by paying a fine. The contact may be via telephone, email, or written correspondence. The Southern District of Indiana has become aware that in an attempt to make the scam more convincing, perpetrators are using the names of real government officials, including the name of Clerk Laura Briggs. Also, in some cases, the scammers are “spoofing” real courthouse phone numbers, making it appear as though the call is coming from the courthouse. Please be advised that the U.S. Courts do not operate in this way. Federal Court officials will never call or e-mail a member of the public to demand payment. Anyone receiving such a phone call or e-mail is welcome to call the District Court Clerk’s Office at 317-229-3700 to verify that the attempt to collect payment is a scam. The full press release is linked below.

 Jury Scam Press Release

Fri, 2020-06-26

Check out PACER’s newly redesigned, informational and resource website, https://pacer.uscourts.gov.
The website provides information about how the public can access federal court records electronically and have easy access to PACER and PACER-related applications. New features include:

• Mobile friendly design;
• New tool to search for court-specific information;
• Interactive format to search frequently asked questions;
• Search engine has been optimized to improve content findability;
• JSON and XML feeds of court-specific information; and
• New accessibility tools.

In addition, two PACER applications—Manage My Account and Registration—have new designs to create an improved user experience.
Email any feedback to the PACER Service Center.

NOTE:  The PACER system will be undergoing maintenance on Sunday, June 28, 2020, from 6:45 AM to 6:45 PM ET. Access to certain portions of this site may be temporarily unavailable at various times.  Users may continue to access PACER during this maintenance. However, if connectivity issues occur, users should reset their connection or refresh their browser.

Tue, 2020-06-16

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will sponsor a virtual training session for attorneys on modest means/pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence in Indiana. The CLE will take place on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11am EST/ 10am CST. Please see the Press Release for full details.

Fri, 2020-06-12

Following a meeting and with the majority vote of the Facility Security Committees for the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, the Lee H. Hamilton Federal Building and United States Courthouse, the Winfield K. Denton Federal Building and United States Courthouse, and the Terre Haute Federal Courthouse, Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson today issued a General Order that requires entrants and occupants of said courthouses to wear face coverings. Please read the Press Release linked below for more details.

  Press Release: General Order Re: Face Coverings in Courthouses Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 and Related Coronavirus

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