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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, 2020-03-24

Effective March 23, 2020, and until further order of the court, the Court will accept filings from pro se litigants via email complying with the procedures outlined in the General Order linked below and all payments by telephone are temporarily suspended. 

  General Order Re: Filing by Pro Se Litigants and Acceptance of Payments

Tue, 2020-03-24

The Honorable Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, today issued a General Order that supersedes portions of previous General Orders issued in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, and specifically within the Southern District of Indiana. Please read the General Order for specific details. This order announces that, effective March 23, 2020, and until further notice, the Court will accept filings from pro se litigants via email, so long as such filings comply with specific requirements outlined in the General Order.  Additionally, the Court has ordered that all payments by telephone are temporarily suspended. Other payment options, including payment via mail and Pay.gov, are described in the order. Please see the full Press Release linked below for more details.

  Press Release: General Order Re: Filing by Pro Se Litigants and Acceptance of Payments

Fri, 2020-03-20

This General Order supersedes all previous General Orders issued in response to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the United States of America, and specifically within the Southern District of Indiana. The Court continues to consider guidance from a variety of sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as federal, state and local public health authorities.  Please see General Order linked below for further details.

  General Order Re: COVID-19 - Court Proceedings, Courthouse Closures, Security Screening, and Probation
 

Fri, 2020-03-20

The Honorable Jane E. Magnus-Stinson,Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, today issued a General Order that supersedes previous General Orders issued in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, and specifically within the Southern District of Indiana.  Please see full Press Release below for further details.

  Press Release: General Order Re: COVID-19 - Court Proceedings, Courthouse Closures, Security Screening, and Probation
 

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

Wed, 2020-03-18

To the extent this Order differs from previous orders of the Court on this subject, this Order supersedes and replaces those orders.  On March 13, 2020, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued a General Order concerning Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 and Related Coronavirus. In that Order, the Court noted that current court operations present substantial health risks to the public and reduced certain Court operations as deemed appropriate at that time. The COVID-19 situation has continued to intensify and risks to the public, Court personnel, and the orderly administration of justice are increasing.  Effective March 18, 2020, at 12:00 p.m., the U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and the U.S. Probation Office, for the Southern District of Indiana, at certain locations, are CLOSED to the Public.  See attached Order for more details.

  General Order Re: Closure of Court Facilities to the Public Related to COVID-19

Wed, 2020-03-18

The Honorable Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, today issued a second General Order in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, and specifically within the Southern District of Indiana.  Please see Press Release regarding facility closure details linked below.

  Press Release Re: Closure of Court Facilities to the Public Related to COVID-19

Wed, 2020-03-18

To the extent this Order differs from previous orders of the Court on this subject, this Order supersedes and replaces those orders.  On March 13, 2020, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana issued a General Order concerning Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 and Related Coronavirus. In that Order, the Court noted that current court operations present substantial health risks to the public and reduced certain Court operations as deemed appropriate at that time. The COVID-19 situation has continued to intensify and risks to the public, Court personnel, and the orderly administration of justice are increasing.  Effective March 18, 2020, at 5:00 p.m., the Evansville Federal Courthouse is CLOSED to the Public.  See attached Order for more details.

  General Order Re: Closure of Evansville Courthouse to the Public Related to COVID-19

 

Fri, 2020-03-13

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