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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.

Tue, 2023-01-24

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is pleased to announce its 24th annual Black History Month event. This year's hour-long program, A Glimpse into the Lives of African Americans Responsible for Upholding the Law, will be held in courtroom 202 at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse on Friday, February 10, 2023, at 2:00 PM. A virtual option will also be available for those who cannot attend in person. Please see the Press Release for full details. 

Fri, 2023-01-06

The Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, is pleased to announce that M. Kendra Klump was sworn in today as United States Magistrate Judge. Judge Klump fills the vacancy created by the recent elevation of the Honorable Doris L. Pryor from Magistrate Judge of the Southern District of Indiana to Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Please see the Press Release for full details. 

Thu, 2022-12-22

Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, on behalf of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, congratulates Magistrate Judge Matthew P. Brookman on his nomination to a district judgeship in the Southern District of Indiana. President Joseph R. Biden made the nomination on December 21, 2022. If confirmed by the Senate, Magistrate Judge Brookman will fill the vacancy created by Judge Richard L. Young's assumption of senior status, a form of semi-retirement that will allow him to reduce his caseload. See the Press Release for full details. 

Wed, 2022-12-07

The Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, is pleased to announce the selection of M. Kendra Klump for the position of United States Magistrate Judge. Ms. Klump will fill the vacancy created by the recent elevation of the Honorable Doris L. Pryor from Magistrate Judge of the Southern District of Indiana to Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  More information can be found in the Press Release.

Tue, 2022-12-06

Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, on behalf of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, is proud to congratulate Judge Doris L. Pryor on her elevation to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Judge Pryor was nominated by President Joseph Biden on May 25, 2022, and confirmed by the United States Senate on December 5, 2022.  Judge Pryor is the first Black jurist from the state of Indiana to serve on the Seventh Circuit. Full details can be found in the Press Release.

Fri, 2022-11-04

The Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, is pleased to announce that Kellie M. Barr was sworn in on Monday, October 31, as United States Magistrate Judge. Judge Barr assumed her new duties on Tuesday, November 1. Please see the Press Release for full details. 

Tue, 2022-10-25

The Court has considered the recommendation of the Local Rules Advisory Committee that the revision of certain Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana be adopted, and the Clerk issued a Public Notice on September 12, 2022, regarding the proposed amendments. The Court has considered the proposed amendments and the comments received.  Therefore, 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 that the following amendments to the Local Rules of this Court are adopted, effective December 1, 2022.  Click on the link below for the amendments.

  Public Notice Re: Amendments to Local Rules

Tue, 2022-08-02

The Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, is pleased to announce the selection of Kellie M. Barr for the position of United States Magistrate Judge. Ms. Barr will fill the vacancy created by the October 31, 2022, retirement of Magistrate Judge Debra McVicker Lynch. Please see the Press Release for full details. 

Wed, 2022-06-22

Indianapolis, Indiana – June 22, 2022:  The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has received reports from victims who have been contacted by scammers claiming to be with the “sheriff's office,” requesting that the victims pay fines allegedly ordered by Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt for failure to appear for jury service.

This is a scam. A court will never call someone and demand a payment. If you receive such a call, hang up immediately. You can then call the court directly at 317-229-3700, and legitimate court staff will verify that the victim does not owe any money, has no outstanding warrants, and has not been summoned for jury duty.

Residents of the Southern District of Indiana who believe they have been the victim of such a scam are encouraged to report the incident to the Federal Trade Commission at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/.

Here is additional information on things to remember, who to call, and what to do if you are contacted by a scammer:

  • Authenticate an email or call by contacting the Clerk’s Office of the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis at (317) 229-3700 to verify that the court is not requiring any action from you and that the scam call did not come from the court.
     
  • Do not divulge personal information or financial information to unknown callers, including those who claim to work for a government agency.
     
  • A court will never ask for a credit/debit card number, gift card number, wire transfers, or bank routing numbers over the phone or by email for any purpose.
     
  • A fine will never be imposed until after an individual has appeared in court and been given the opportunity to explain a failure to appear. 
     
  • Report scams to the Federal Trade Commission.
     
  • You can remain anonymous when you report.
Wed, 2022-03-02

Pursuant to unanimous votes by the Facility Security Committees for the federal courthouses in the Southern District of Indiana, Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt today issued a General Order, effective March 7, 2022, stating that people are recommended, but no longer required, to wear face coverings or maintain physical distance while entering and occupying the public spaces of the federal courthouses in the Southern District of Indiana. All members of the public entering the courthouses will be asked health screening questions by the court security officers.

The General Order contains provisions allowing tenant agencies in the courthouses to determine the face covering and social distancing policies in their own spaces. Judges have the authority to determine such policies in their courtrooms, chambers, and any other spaces in which a court proceeding is being conducted, including at naturalization ceremonies.

All persons summoned for jury service, and court staff interacting with such persons, must wear face coverings while in rooms and public spaces designated for juror check-in, orientation, and related activities until such persons enter a courtroom, at which time the rules and requirements of the presiding Judge take effect.

The Court will continue to accept filings from pro se litigants via email. Information on how to do so can be found in a previous General Order. Drop boxes for filings also remain accessible at all courthouses.

The District Court has also created a COVID-19 response page on its website that contains all orders, press releases, and other information regarding Court operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 response page will be updated with the above changes on Monday, March 7, 2022.

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