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Public input wanted on proposed changes to court rules

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The Indiana Supreme Court wants to hear from judges, attorneys and the general public as it considers possible changes to court rules.

A nine-member Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure was created by the court to conduct a continuous study of the Indiana Rules of Trial Procedure along with other rules as directed.

The rule changes being considered include the:
•    Wavier of Counsel by Juveniles (procedure before a child can say he/she does not want an attorney);
•    Electronically Filed Briefs (two proposals for submitting electronic briefs);
•    Small Claims Venue (brings township small claims court venue rules in line with similar courts); and
•    Rules of Evidence (revisions to increase conformity between Indiana’s Rules and Federal Rules).

The complete list of rule changes with descriptions can be viewed here. 

Public comments about the proposed rule changes will be taken until June 5, 2013. Comments can be sent via email to RulesComments@courts.in.gov or in writing to Lilia G. Judson, Indiana Supreme Court, Division of State Court Administration, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46204.


 

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  • proposed small claims rule change
    The proposed change would appear to make a mistaken filing in an improper township a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The rule should state that venue is proper in any township in the county but state in what township preferred venue lies.

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