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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.

Thu, 2016-07-21

Courtroom 216 at the Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Indianapolis will henceforth be known as the Sarah Evans Barker Courtroom. Please see the press release for more information, and the Resolution by the District Court bestowing this honor.
 SEB Courtroom Press Release
 SEB Resolution

Fri, 2016-07-15

The court hereby gives public notice that new Local Rule 87 - Representation of Indigent Litigants will become effective September 1, 2016.  Please see the Public Notice and two General Orders regarding new Local Rule 87 linked below.

  Public Notice Re: New Local Rule 87
General Order Re: Local Rule 87

General Order Re: Local Rule 87 Threshold Numbers

Thu, 2016-06-23

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, the Court, in partnership with the Indianapolis Bar Association, will host a free continuing legal education seminar on prisoner civil rights litigation.  For full details and registration information, please see the attached CLE Announcement.
  CLE Announcement

Fri, 2016-05-13

The court has published, for purposes of obtaining comment from members of the bar and the public, Proposed Local Rule 87 - Representation of Indigent Litigants. This Rule alters the court's format for managing it's panel of volunteer lawyers and creates an "Obligatory Panel" of recruited counsel. The court has created a webpage ( that includes a letter to the Bar from Chief Judge Richard L. Young; Frequently Asked Questions; and other relevant information.

Comments from the Bar and the Public are encouraged. Those commenting are strongly encouraged to review the entire Notice, including the Drafter's Notes, and the Frequently Asked Questions, prior to submission. Comments will only be accepted in writing (via email or by letter) and must be received by June 12, 2016.

  Notice of Proposed Amendment to Local Rules

Mon, 2016-04-25

The attached proposed revised pattern Section 1983 civil jury instructions for the Seventh Circuit are offered for public comment through April 29, 2016, by the Seventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instruction Committee and Section 1983 Jury Instruction Subcommittee. 
  Cover Letter for Revised 1983 Notice & Comment

  Proposed Revised 1983 Instructions

Mon, 2016-04-18

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will host a formal investiture ceremony for Magistrate Judge Matthew P. Brookman this Wednesday, April 20, at 3:00 pm CDT at the Winfield K. Denton Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Evansville, Indiana. Please see the attached press release for full details. 
 MPB Investiture Press Release 

Wed, 2016-03-02

SOLD OUT:   The Advanced Legal Writing Seminar has reached maximum capacity.  Any further registration forms and checks received will be returned.


The Federal Bar Association, Indianapolis Chapter, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will host an Advanced Legal Writing Seminar on Friday, April 22, 2016. Registration is limited to the first 130 registrants.

  Program Details

Mon, 2016-02-01

Chief District Judge Richard L. Young is pleased to announce that Matthew P. Brookman has taken the oath to become a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Full details may be found in the press release below.
 Judge Brookman Press Release

Fri, 2016-01-15

Join the agencies that comprise the federal court family at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 17, for their annual Black History Month celebration, this year entitled, "Making Black History: Judge Robert L. Wilkins' Journey from Muncie to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit." Judge Wilkins will discuss his fascinating journey from the midwest to one of the nation's most influential courts. This program offers one hour of free CLE credit. Pre-registration is not required.
See the Press Release for details: 
2016 BHM Press Release

Thu, 2015-12-17

The Court has considered the proposed amendments and the comments received, and effective January 1, 2016, the Local Rules will be amended.  Please see the attached Notice for details.   
  Notice of Amendments to Local Rules