Comment sought on state court e-filing, other rule changes

February 10, 2016

The Indiana Supreme Court is seeking comments on proposed rule changes that include appellate e-filing and CLE exemptions for judges and attorneys in the military.

The proposed changes for electronic filing and service in appeals provide modifications concerning how conventionally filed and electronically filed documents are to be formatted, filed and served. The changes also provide for electronic signatures, the time and effect of electronic filing, procedures for excluding court records from public access and a process for exempting attorneys who are not able to use electronic filing.

The proposed rule amendments are available here. Comments on e-filing must be received by March 10.

One proposed rule change would allow judges and attorneys who are mobilized or deployed outside of the U.S. and who present their orders to the Commission for Continuing Legal Education to be able to have their CLE requirements exempted for up to three years.

There are also numerous proposed changes to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules, including that a mediator will advise a person who self-identifies or who the mediator identifies as a domestic violence victim that the person will not be required to be present at mediation sessions and that they are permitted to have a support person present at all mediation sessions.

Other proposed rule changes are an amendment to Appellate Rule 40 creating two new forms for motions to proceed in forma pauperis; an amendment adding Small Claims Rule 12.1, time to file change of judge; and an amendment defining the terms “signature” and signed” in Trial Rule 83.

The complete list of proposed amendments is available here. Comments to these rules must be received by April 11.