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 20, 2021, the revision of certain Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Please click the link below for details.
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Court Historical Society Announces Fall 2021 CLE Programs
INDIANAPOLIS (September 16, 2021) – From reflections on a landmark housing discrimination case, to a roundtable discussion featuring former U.S. Attorneys, to the life and times of 19th century judges, the 14th Annual Court History and Continuing Legal Education Symposium promises to be one of the most interesting yet!
Three separate one-hour sessions will be held in October, November, and December. Registrations are currently being accepted for virtual participation; in-person availability will be opened to registered participants at a later date by invitation, depending on the need for social distancing. The CLE programs have been organized by the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and are sponsored by the Court. The line-up is as follows:
October 29, 2021 – 2pm ET
Jessie Woodbridge v. Evansville Housing Authority: A Landmark Public Housing Discrimination Case
November 19, 2021 – 2pm ET
Annual Roundtable: Federal Criminal Prosecutions & the Role of the U.S. Attorney
December 9, 2021 – 2pm ET
The Life and Times of 19th Century Federal Judges Jesse Lynch Holman & David McDonald
Complete details on each program are available on the Court's website. CLE Credit is pending approval for each session. Registration is required for each event, and space is limited. Links to join each event will only be shared with those who have registered. RSVP requests can be emailed to email@example.com.
Members of the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana receive complimentary registration. For non-members wishing to attend, the registration fee is $50 for attorneys and includes access to all three CLEs and a one-year membership to the Court's Historical Society. Teachers and government employees may attend any program at no cost, and discounted memberships are available to students and the public. Full membership information and fee details can be found here.
Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt has issued a General Order, effective Tuesday, August 3, 2021, that requires all entrants and occupants of said courthouses to wear face coverings and maintain six feet of social distancing in all public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. Please see the Press Release for further information.
Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt announced that, with the approval of the judges and the Facility Security Committee of the Southern District of Indiana, effective August 2, 2021, all courthouses in the Southern District of Indiana will enact new restrictions on electronic devices. Specifically, people will be required to power off and secure electronic devices before entering the federal courthouses in Indianapolis, Evansville, New Albany, and Terre Haute. Full details of this policy may be found in General Order 2021-19. Members of the media who wish to obtain an exemption from the policy may do so using this form. A press release can be accessed here.
Spoofers are using the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana’s phone number and other information to intimidate and scam people.
Today, the Clerk’s Office began receiving phone calls from individuals who had been contacted by people claiming to be with the “court,” and whose number on the recipient’s caller ID appeared as the court’s actual main phone number (317-229-3729). The scammers are also using Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt's name to scare people into paying money to the scammer.
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.
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://www.ftccomplaintassistant.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.
The Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, announced that Mario Garcia was sworn in today as United States Magistrate Judge. Judge Garcia fills a new magistrate judgeship created by the Judicial Conference of the United States. He is the first judge of Hispanic heritage to serve the Southern District of Indiana. Please see the Press Release for full details.
On Saturday, March 20, 2021, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana came under the leadership of a new chief judge, the Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt. She succeeds Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson. Chief Judge Pratt is the first person of color to serve as the Southern District of Indiana's chief judge, and the tenth chief judge in the court's history. Chief Judge Pratt was appointed as a district judge on June 15, 2010, becoming the first African-American federal judge in Indiana history. See the Press Release for full details.
Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson today announced that the court anticipates the resumption of in-person jury trials in all divisions of the Southern District of Indiana on Monday, April 5, 2021. Additionally, the Clerk's Offices in all divisions will reopen to the public on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. Please see the Press Release for full details.
Scammers are using the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana’s name to trick people into clicking a potentially harmful internet link. Please view the Press Release for full details.
Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson today issued a General Order that suspends in-person jury trials in all divisions of the Southern District of Indiana until at least April 5, 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.