The Honorable Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, announced today the selection of Mario Garcia for the position of United States Magistrate Judge. Mr. Garcia will fill a new magistrate judgeship created for the Southern District of Indiana by the Judicial Conference of the United States. He will be the first judge of Hispanic heritage to serve the Southern District of Indiana. Please see the Press Release for full details.
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Effective December 1, 2020, certain Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure were amended. Links to the amended Rules are available on the United States Courts website.
Effective December 1, 2020, certain fees will increase on the District Court Fee Schedule. Please see attached Notice and updated Fee Schedule linked below for specific details.
Roger A. G. Sharpe, Clerk of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, announced that the Clerk's Offices in the four divisions of the Southern District of Indiana are closed to the public, beginning today, November 23, 2020. The Clerk's Offices of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana are also closed to the public. These closures are in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, and specifically within the Southern District of Indiana. These limited closures will further protect the public and court staff while allowing all core functions of the Clerk's Office to continue.Please see the Press Release for further information.
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 21, 2020, 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 (linked below) to the Local Rules of this Court are adopted, effective December 1, 2020.
Effective immediately in all of the Court's divisions, all in person jury trials are continued until at least January 25, 2021. Jury trials conducted by video teleconference may proceed upon motion and/or Order of the presiding Judge. Additionally, until at least January 25, 2021, all Court-officiated naturalization ceremonies are cancelled. Please see Order linked below for full details.
Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson today issued a General Order that suspends all in-person jury trials in all divisions of the Southern District of Indiana until at least January 25, 2021. All Court-officiated naturalization ceremonies are also cancelled until January 25, 2021. To the extent this Order differs from previous orders of the Court on this subject, this Order supersedes and replaces those Orders.
Please read the General Order for specific details
Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson announced today that, beginning on October 19, 2020, Recalled Magistrate Judge Paul R. Cherry from the Northern District of Indiana will provide targeted assistance in the Indianapolis division of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Please see the Press Release for full details.
Jury duty can induce anxiety even during normal times, but in the midst of a global pandemic, people who receive a summons for federal jury service may have more concerns than usual. In order to allay any worries, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has posted a video detailing the steps the Court is taking to help protect jurors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further information can be found in the Press Release and also on the Court's COVID-19 Juror Information webpage.
Jury trials will resume on or after September 1, 2020. The resumption of jury trials does not preclude a Judge from continuing a jury trial for reasons related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic nor, for criminal jury trials, making the necessary findings to exclude any such delay under the Speedy Trial Act. Please see General Order linked below for further details.