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News & Announcements: 08/2015

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Fri, 2015-08-28

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules, and they have been published for a period of public comment.  The proposed amendments, Rules Committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and other information are posted on the Judiciary’s website, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below.  The public comment period ends February 16, 2016.

Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence



Mon, 2015-08-17

In various parts of the United States, including the Southern District of Indiana, citizens are being targeted by phone calls threatening them with prosecution for failure to comply with jury service in federal court. The individual calling may identify him or herself as a "Federal Agent," and the caller may or may not indicate the call is from the "Federal Warrant Service" or some other fictitious federal law enforcement agency. The caller will state that a bench or arrest warrant has been issued for failure to appear in court and then give the person the option of paying a fine to avoid arrest. Typically, the caller will ask the person to obtain a "green dot" or "blue dot" voucher, debit card, or PayPal card.
These phone calls are fraudulent and have no connection to either the United States District Court or to the United States Marshals Service.
Neither this Court nor any other law enforcement agency will ever call someone to request the payment of a fine over the telephone for failure to appear for jury duty (nor will personal information, such as a social security number, ever be requested over the phone). Typically, jurors who miss jury duty will be contacted by the Clerk’s Office and may, in certain circumstances, be ordered to appear in court before a judge. Any fine for failure to appear for jury duty will be imposed by a judge during an open session of court, and the summoned juror will be given the opportunity to explain the failure to appear before any fine would be imposed.
If anyone is contacted or has been contacted by someone requesting such payments, please do not make the payment. Instead, immediately contact the United States District Court Clerk’s Office in Indianapolis at 317-229-3700, and state that you may have been a target of juror fraud.
  Press Release -- Jury Duty Scam Alert

Mon, 2015-08-10
A free "Symposium on the Magna Carta and Rule of Law" is scheduled to be held from 1:00-4:30 pm on Tuesday, September 15 in Federal Hall at Indiana State University. Formerly known as the United States Courthouse and Post Office in Terre Haute, Federal Hall features a large mural of King John signing the Magna Carta and is thus a perfect setting for this dynamic event. Speakers include the Honorable Loretta Rush, Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court; the Honorable Jane E. Magnus-Stinson, United States District Judge; United States Attorney Josh Minkler; former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan; two United States Magistrate Judges; and many other notable legal professionals. A reception will be held after the event.
Three hours of Continuing Legal Education credit has been approved for this program.
To register to attend, please email Brittany Bennett at Members of the media and those with questions should contact Doria Lynch at or 317-229-3729.
See the attached press release and agenda for full details. 
Thu, 2015-08-06

Effective Friday, August 7, 2015, Local Criminal Rule 13-1 - Sentencing Procedure is amended.  Please see the attached Order for the amendment details.
  Order Amending Local Criminal Rule 13-1