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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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