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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.

Thu, 2018-10-18

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 callers pose as U.S. Marshals or other government officials and claim that the victim is about to be arrested for not appearing for jury duty, but can avoid arrest by paying a fine. The Southern District of Indiana has recently received an increased number of phone calls from victims regarding these scams and deems it of the utmost importance to reissue this Press Release to promote awareness and prevent more people from falling prey to such scams.  Please click on the link below for the full Press Release.

 Jury Scam Press Release

Tue, 2018-12-18

A very special event, "Women's Voices in the Courtroom," will take place in Judge Sarah Evans Barker's courtroom from 1:00-4:00 pm on Friday, January 25. This free event (2.9 hours of CLE credit pending approval) recognizes a historic moment in the Seventh Circuit, the Southern District of Indiana, and our state- for the first time, women are concurrently serving as chief judges and justice of our federal Court of Appeals, District Court, Bankruptcy Court, Indiana Supreme Court, and Indiana Court of Appeals. The event will also celebrate the many contributions women have made to the law and their changing position within the legal field.  Registration is required, and full details can be found by clicking on this Press Release.

Mon, 2018-12-03

In observation of the national day of mourning declared by the President of the United States, in recognition of the passing of former President George H.W. Bush, and balancing with the needs of the public and litigants, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will be operating on a modified basis on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. The Terre Haute and New Albany Divisions will be closed. The Indianapolis and Evansville Divisions will operate with limited staff. Litigants with proceedings scheduled in the Indianapolis and Evansville Divisions should assume all scheduled proceedings will move forward, unless specifically notified otherwise by the Court.

Mon, 2018-11-19

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana hereby gives public notice that certain amendments to the Local Rules of this Court are adopted, effective December 1, 2018.  Please see the Public Notice (attached below) for details.

  Public Notice Regarding Amendments to Local Rules

Mon, 2018-11-19

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana hereby gives public notice that effective December 1, 2018, the Local Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement of this Court are deleted and replaced with the rules as set forth in the attached Public Notice.

  Public Notice Regarding Amendments to the Local Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement

Fri, 2018-11-16

The Honorable Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, announced that a formal swearing-in ceremony for United States District Judge James R. Sweeney II will be held Friday, November 16, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. Chief Judge Magnus-Stinson will preside over the en banc ceremony in the William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom (courtroom 202). Please see the Press Release for full details. 

Tue, 2018-11-13

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is pleased to announce that James Patrick Hanlon took the oath of office to become a United States District Judge on November 13, 2018. Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson administered the oath at 8:30 a.m., fulfilling the final step in Judge Hanlon’s ascension to the bench. Please see the Press Release for full details. 

Fri, 2018-11-02

The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Craig M. McKee at Terre Haute, Indiana, is due to expire on August 22, 2019.  Comments from members of the bar and public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court.  Please see attached Public Notice for more information.

Tue, 2018-10-16

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 November 16, 2018, the revision of certain Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.  The proposed revisions are attached below.

  Public Notice for Proposed Amendments to Local Rules

Tue, 2018-10-16

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 November 16, 2018, the amendment of all Local Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The amendments, if adopted, will be effective December 1, 2018.  The proposed revisions are attached below.

  Public Notice for Proposed Amendments of all Local Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement

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