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Several courts around the state are closed today after heavy snow and ice hit Indiana this week. The weather has even caused the Indiana General Assembly to postpone hearings for a second day.

The Indiana Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and related agencies, including the clerk’s office, are closed today. The courts, which have rarely closed over the years, are scheduled to open at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago is closed today as are all of the federal courthouses in the Northern District of Indiana. The Indianapolis Division in the Southern District of Indiana is scheduled to open at 10:30 a.m.

The Marion Superior and Circuit courts and the Marion County clerk’s office are also closed today. Courts in Mishawaka and St. Joseph counties are closed.

Several city and town courts are closed – Anderson City Court, Edgewood and Pendleton Town courts in Madison County – as well as Franklin Township Small Claims Court in Marion County. The 7 p.m. court session in Franklin City Court in Johnson County has been cancelled. The courthouses in Boone, Cass, Clay, Hancock, Henry, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, and Tipton counties are closed.

The Indiana Senate has rescheduled committee meetings that were set for today, including the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Indiana House of Representatives has also cancelled committee hearings. Both chambers are closed for a second day. A make-up session day may be held Feb. 11.

Many law firms have asked attorneys to work remotely or have instituted a delay in coming into the office.
 

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