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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, 2020-01-14

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, 2020-01-15

The federal court family will host its 21st annual Black History Month event on Friday, February 14, 2020, at 2:00 pm in the William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom, at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse in downtown Indianapolis. Dr. Modupe Labode, curator at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., will present "Booker T. Washington Slept Here: African American Politics in Indiana in the Early 1900s." 0.8 hours of continuing legal education credit has been approved. For further details, please see the Press Release

Mon, 2020-01-13

Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson has announced that attorney Roger Sharpe will be the next Clerk of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, effective May 10, 2020. Please see the Press Release for full details. 

Mon, 2020-01-13

Teachers, have you ever wondered what happens in federal court? Is it time to update your classroom activities and lesson plans? Do you need a fun summer workshop to fulfill your professional growth plan hours? The inaugural United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana's Summer Teacher Institute is for you! Registration is now open for this immersive workshop, which will take place on June 17-18, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 46 E. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. For full details, see the Press Release
 

Mon, 2019-11-04

This month, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the federal courthouse in Terre Haute. To commemorate this milestone anniversary, a portrait of Judge Larry J. McKinney is on display in the Terre Haute courtroom through the end of the year. As Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana from 2001 to 2007, Judge McKinney was instrumental in the effort to find a new home for the district court when its former location was acquired by Indiana State University. Further details are available in the full press release.

Tue, 2019-10-29

Chief Judge Diane P. Wood announced that the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit will have a Memorial Proceeding for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., in the James B. Parsons Ceremonial Courtroom on the 25th Floor of the Dirksen Federal Building at 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604.  Please see Press Release for more information.

  Press Release: Memorial Proceeding for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

Mon, 2019-10-21

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 16, 2019, regarding the proposed amendments.  The Court has considered the proposed amendments and the comments received.

Therefore, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2071 and 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 amendments (linked below) to the Local Rules of this Court are adopted, effective December 1, 2019.

  Public Notice Re: Amendments to Local Rules

Tue, 2019-10-01

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will sponsor a training session for attorneys on trial preparation and practice in prisoner civil rights cases on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 10 AM to 11:30 AM. The training will take place in the court's Jury Assembly Room (Room 172), located on the first floor of the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 46 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN. For full details and registration information, please view the press release

Mon, 2019-09-23

The Court Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will host its 12th Annual Court History & Continuing Legal Education Symposium on November 1, 2019, from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM. This year's symposium will feature a look back on two major projects recently completed by the Historical Society, plus an exploration of the paths to the bench of past and present judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Please see the Press Release for full details and registration information. 

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