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IBA: Courts Announce Renewal of Attorney Access Cards

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The Marion County Court Administrator’s Office has announced the renewal schedule for attorney access cards to the City-County Building. Effective Feb. 23, 2012 application and distribution will begin for new cards and those issued prior to that date will no longer be valid on April 1, 2012. Application cost for the 2012-13 card is $25.

To obtain an access card an attorney must complete the application form and bring it to Court’s Jury Pool Office (2nd Floor, City-County Building), City-County Building, 200 E. Washington St., Center Tower, Room T-202, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Beginning Feb. 23, 2012 hours for application and distribution are limited to Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and Fridays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Forms are available at the Indianapolis Bar Association. They may also be obtained online at www.courts.indy.gov or www.indybar.org.

The Court considers the issuance of the cards to be a privilege extended to members of the Bar as officers of the court. Once obtained the authorized attorney identification card may be presented to a court security officer at a City-County Building security screening station which will allow the attorney to enter a secured area without requiring a search.

Two forms of identification are required for application. First, any Government issued and approved photo identification like an Indiana State Driver’s License or other approved photo identification must be presented. Second, a current and valid Indiana Supreme Court Certificate of Good Standing card (“Bar Card”) must also be provided to verify the active status of the attorney’s license and state attorney number. The fee of Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00) must be paid at the time issuance of the card. Payment may be made by personal or business check, cashier’s check, or money order, made payable to “Marion County Treasurer.”

Attorneys receiving the access cards must agree that they will not bring firearms, knives, or any other weapons or contraband into the City-County Building; that the card is issued for the exclusive personal use of the authorized attorney, and is not to be loaned out to other persons; and that card will be used in accordance with the Rules of Professional Responsibility and the attorney’s responsibilities as an officer of the court. The Court reserves the right to revoke issuance any time at the sole discretion of the Court Administrator. Finally, the Court Administrator’s office must be notified immediately if there is a change in status of the attorney applicant, such as resignation, suspension or disbarment from the practice of law, retirement, or if the card is lost or stolen.

Cards issued on or after Feb. 23, 2012 will expire on Dec. 31, 2013.•

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  1. Thank you, John Smith, for pointing out a needed correction. The article has been revised.

  2. The "National institute for Justice" is an agency for the Dept of Justice. That is not the law firm you are talking about in this article. The "institute for justice" is a public interest law firm. http://ij.org/ thanks for interesting article however

  3. I would like to try to find a lawyer as soon possible I've had my money stolen off of my bank card driver pressed charges and I try to get the information they need it and a Social Security board is just give me a hold up a run around for no reason and now it think it might be too late cuz its been over a year I believe and I can't get the right information they need because they keep giving me the runaroundwhat should I do about that

  4. It is wonderful that Indiana DOC is making some truly admirable and positive changes. People with serious mental illness, intellectual disability or developmental disability will benefit from these changes. It will be much better if people can get some help and resources that promote their health and growth than if they suffer alone. If people experience positive growth or healing of their health issues, they may be less likely to do the things that caused them to come to prison in the first place. This will be of benefit for everyone. I am also so happy that Indiana DOC added correctional personnel and mental health staffing. These are tough issues to work with. There should be adequate staffing in prisons so correctional officers and other staff are able to do the kind of work they really want to do-helping people grow and change-rather than just trying to manage chaos. Correctional officers and other staff deserve this. It would be great to see increased mental health services and services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in the community so that fewer people will have to receive help and support in prisons. Community services would like be less expensive, inherently less demeaning and just a whole lot better for everyone.

  5. Can I get this form on line,if not where can I obtain one. I am eligible.

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