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IBA: Public Opinion Requested on Possible Court Rule Changes

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The Indiana Supreme Court is interested in obtaining comments from judges, attorneys and the general public as it considers changes to the following Rules of Court:

Waiver of Counsel by Juveniles - new rule dealing with procedure before a child can say he does not want an attorney

Electronic Transcripts - allow certain electronic transcripts to be filed on appeal

Electronically Filed Briefs - two proposals for submitting electronic briefs

Acknowledgement of Oral Arguments - deals with the oral argument order handed down by the appellate clerk

Temporary Appearances in Criminal Cases - provides procedures for withdrawal of representation

Small Claims Venue - brings township small claims court venue rules in line with similar courts

Summary Judgment - deals with a trial court judge’s authority to alter certain time limits

Special Judge Selection - proposal clarifies the selection of a special judge

Rules of Evidence - revisions to increase the degree of conformity of Indiana’s Rules to Federal Rules

The descriptions above are brief outlines of the proposed changes. Details about the proposed rule changes and instructions on submitting comments (due June 5) can be found at http://courts.in.gov/4044.htm.•

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