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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.

Mon, 2024-06-10

Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt announced today that the judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana have selected Kristine Seufert to serve as Clerk of Court, effective October 7, 2024. Ms. Seufert will fill the vacancy created by the departure of current Clerk Roger A. G. Sharpe on October 4, 2024.  Please see full Press Release linked below.

  Press Release - Judges Select Attorney Kristine Seufert as New Clerk of Court

Tue, 2024-05-21

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 July 1, 2024.  Please click on the link below for details.

  Public Notice Re: Amendments to Local Rules

Mon, 2024-04-15

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2071(e) and Rule 83 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana hereby gives public notice of the following:  The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has determined there is an immediate need to adopt new Local Civil Rule 5.1-2 – Actions Seeking Nationwide or Statewide Relief. The new rule as detailed in the link below is effective as of April 15, 2024.

  Public Notice Re:  Immediate Local Rule Amendment

Fri, 2024-03-22

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (March 22, 2024): On Monday, April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will occur, and the path of totality will cross the Southern District of Indiana that afternoon. Therefore, by order of Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, including the Bankruptcy Court and Probation Office for the Southern District of Indiana, will close at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time in Indianapolis, New Albany, and Terre Haute, and at 12:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time in Evansville, for the remainder of the day.

The courthouse buildings in all four divisions of the Southern District of Indiana will remain open and accessible to the public on that date, and the Clerk's Office will remain accessible for purposes of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 6 for the limited purposes of drop box filing, email filing, and CM/ECF electronic filing.

Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

Thu, 2024-02-29

A formal investiture ceremony celebrating the appointment of Crystal S. Wildeman as United States Magistrate Judge took place on Friday, February 23, 2024, in Evansville. Judge Wildeman fills the vacancy created by the elevation of the Honorable Matthew P. Brookman from magistrate judge to district judge of the Southern District of Indiana. Please see the Press Release for details. 

Tue, 2024-02-13

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and the Indianapolis Bar Association are pleased to celebrate Women's History Month. Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush will present Amazing Grace: The Ascension of Hoosier Women in the Law, on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, at 3:00 pm. The hour-long program will be held in Courtroom 202 at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse. A virtual option will be available for those who cannot attend in person. See the Press Release for full details.

Mon, 2024-02-05

INDIANAPOLIS (February 5, 2024) – Registration is now open for the 5th annual Federal Court Teacher Institute, hosted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. This immersive workshop will take place on June 12-13, 2024, at the Birch Bayh Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse in downtown Indianapolis.

Topics vary annually, and this year's program will take an intensive look at jury service. Teachers will explore all aspects of jury service, while meeting with judges, attorneys, and court professionals. An enlightening simulation of jury selection, presided over by District Judge James R. Sweeney II, will serve as a capstone experience for participating teachers. In addition to taking an in-depth look at juries, teachers will gain practical knowledge of the federal court system and leave the event with new ideas for educating their students about the judicial branch of government.

The workshop is free, and registration is open to middle school and high school teachers. Space is limited – and early registration is recommended! To reserve a seat, download a registration form at www.insd.uscourts.gov/teacher-institute. Questions? Contact Mary Giorgio at (317) 229-3711 or by email: mary_giorgio@insd.uscourts.gov.

Wed, 2024-01-17

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is pleased to announce its 25th annual Black History Month event. This year's hour-long program, The Storied History of Indiana's Black Lawyers and Judges, will be held in courtroom 202 at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse on Friday, February 9, 2024, 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. 

Mon, 2023-12-11

Indianapolis, Indiana (December 11, 2023): This fall, for the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana participated in a Bill of Rights Day student art and essay competition in collaboration with federal district courts across the seventh and eighth judicial circuits. The contest was open to students in grades 5-12. For further details, see the Press Release.

Fri, 2023-12-01

Indianapolis (December 1, 2023) — The Supreme Court Historical Society and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana are excited to launch “The Supreme Court and My Hometown” program for Indianapolis-area high school students. This week-long summer day camp for local high school students will take place at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse June 24 - 28, 2024. For further details, please see the Press Release

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