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Don't forget: Rotunda filing, security changes start today

Michael W. Hoskins
January 1, 2007
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The process for after-hours legal filing changes today as a result of new security being implemented at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

North doors of the building will be locked at 5:30 p.m., and the Capitol Police desk at that entrance will not be staffed. The Clerk of the Courts and Department of Administration installed a drop box for filings to be placed, according to according to Supreme Court Administrator and Clerk of the Appellate Courts Kevin Smith.

Security measures for the entire building started today, and only two doors are open during regular business hours for the general public. Both now have security and metal detectors, much like the current security structure at the federal courthouses. Court and state employees have identification cards to access the other doors and underground tunnels running between Circle Centre Mall and the state government centers.

This means those doing their 'Rotunda filing' for the Indiana Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Tax Court will have to file briefs, motions, and other documents in a Post Office-style drop box on the building's east side, using an existing second-floor vestibule area.

Filings should be placed in an envelope, bound by an alligator clip, or placed in an accordion folder wrapped by a rubber band. On top of the drop box will be a surface area that will include a pad of forms, time clock, pen, and stapler. The form must be filled out, time/date stamped by the time clock, and stapled to the inside of the original document being filed before being deposited in the drop box.

The vestibule area is equipped with a security camera that will record all filings. When assembling materials, note that dimensions of the drop box drawer are approximately 12 inches high by 17 inches wide and 19 inches deep.
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