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.
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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.
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has determined there is an immediate need to delete Local Criminal Rule 6-1 – Petitions Under 28 U.S.C. Section 2254 or 2255 in Cases Involving a Sentence of Capital Punishment and adopt Local Criminal Rule 38-2 - Cases Challenging the Conviction and/or Sentence Where a Sentence of Death Has Been Imposed. For details, please see the Public Notice linked below.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ' 2071, Rule 83 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and Rule 57 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana hereby gives public notice of the following: The Local Rules Advisory Committee for the Southern District of Indiana has recommended, and the District Court has authorized release for a period of public comment through October 16, 2019, the revision of certain Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. For details, please click on the Public Notice link below.
Join the U.S. District Court and the Indiana State Bar Association at the Indianapolis Federal Courthouse on Friday, October 11, at 2:00 pm to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. We will welcome Ms. Sylvia Mendez, who, as a nine-year-old girl, participated in a landmark legal battle to desegregate California public schools. The case, Mendez v. Westminster, preceded Brown v. Board of Education by seven years and laid the groundwork for national desegregation in education. Ms. Mendez is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and will speak about her lifelong efforts to fight for educational equality. She will be joined by Judge Jose Salinas of the Marion Superior Court, who will examine the legal aspects of the Mendez case. The event is free but registration is required. One hour of CLE credit is pending approval. Please view the Press Release for full details.
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is pleased to announce new student field trip opportunities and educational resources now available on our website. For more information, please click here to view our Educator Update for Fall 2019.
A full list of available educational resources can be found on the court's Educational Resources page.
Indianapolis, Indiana – July 30, 2019: Spoofers are using the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana’s main phone number, 317-229-3700, to scam and intimidate people. Please see the Press Release for full details.
A retirement ceremony will be held in honor of Senior District Judge William T. Lawrence on Tuesday, July 2, at 3:00 pm. Please see the attached Press Release for further information.
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will sponsor a training session for attorneys on modest means/pro bono representation of victims of domestic violence in Indiana. The training will take place on Friday, June 28, 2019, from noon to 1:30 PM in the court’s Jury Assembly Room (room 172), located on the first floor of the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46204. Please see the Press Release for information and registration instructions.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit announced today that Andrea K. McCord has been appointed as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Indiana. Judge McCord will take office on May 20, 2019, where she will succeed Bankruptcy Judge Basil H. Lorch, III. Please see the Press Release for further information.
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana mourns the death of former Senator Birch Bayh, who passed away overnight at the age of 91. Please see attached Press Release.