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Southern District proposes mandatory e-filing, pro hac rule changes

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Nearly all federal court filings in the Southern District will have to be done electronically under local rule changes proposed for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Rule changes also are proposed for pro hac vice admission and automatic initial time extensions. Pro se litigants would no longer be granted automatic initial extensions under a proposed amendment.

The proposed pro hac admission language would require applicants to file a statement indicating they are in good standing in another U.S. or state court and require disclosure of any prior disciplinary history. The language is proposed new Local Rule 83-6.

Clerk Laura Briggs late Wednesday issued public notice of proposed local rule amendments. Comments on the proposed rules will be accepted through Dec. 14. If adopted, the rules would take effect Jan. 1.

Briggs said e-filing has been required for years in civil litigation. She said the proposed rules would formalize for criminal cases the current practice for practically all attorneys. A proposed amendment to Local Rule 5-3 regards e-filing, and a new Local Criminal Rule 49.1 also is proposed requiring filing through the court’s electronic case filing system.

Comments on the proposed rules may be emailed to LocalRules@insd.uscourts.gov. They also may be addressed to Local Rule Comments, Office of the Clerk, 105 U.S. Courthouse, 46 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.



 

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