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Clerk responds to attorneys’ concerns about personal security

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Attorneys’ concerns over personal security have prompted the Indiana Clerk of Courts to offer an opt-out feature when updating attorney registrations on its registration portal.

The new feature was unveiled as part of the courts’ reminder to Indiana attorneys that this is the time to make their annual attorney registration fee payments and IOLTA certifications. The deadline is Oct. 1, 2013.

The registration portal now allows lawyers to not have their business addresses publicly displayed on the Roll of Attorneys website. According to Sarah Kidwell, outreach coordinator for the Indiana Supreme Court, the feature was offered in response to the number of attorneys who are working from their homes and do not want the address of their personal residences made public.

In order to remove their business address, attorneys must check the opt-out box when registering online. It will not be done automatically.

Attorneys can register and pay online through the Indiana Clerk of Courts Portal at http://appealsclerk.IN.gov. The web-based portal was introduced in 2011 and updated to its current version in 2012.

Kidwell said since the registration announcement was made last week, the portal has been working. Some attorneys have needed assistance after forgetting their passwords or user names.

Attorneys who do not register by the deadline face fines up to $440 and possible suspension.

Lawyers who prefer not to use the portal can request a paper form by contacting the Roll of Attorneys administrator at 317-232-5861, ext. 4, or rollatty@courts.in.gov.

 

 

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