Southern District seeking public comment on proposed rule amendments

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana has opened a period of public comment on amendments to certain local rules.

The amendments, which are upon to public comment through Nov. 19, involve changes to local rules 7-1, 16-1 and 69-4.

Local Rule 7-1(c)(2)(A) and (B) deals with response and reply deadlines. The proposed amendments change the language in that rule to address “any” responses or replies, instead of the existing language that addresses “briefs” and “responsive briefs.”

The proposed amendment to Local Rule 16-1 on pretrial procedures calls for the addition of a subsection that deals with pro se litigants. The proposed addition would include language to allow the court to issue a scheduling order after consulting with the parties’ attorneys and the unrepresented parties at a scheduling conference or over the phone.

The proposed amendment to Local Rule 69-4 on body attachments and hearings would change the language to allow a magistrate judge to issue a body attachment if a judgment debtor fails to appear for a hearing, rather than the current language, which allows the magistrate judge to recommend that the district judge issue the body attachment.

Comments about the propose rules must be submitted in writing or via email by Nov. 19. Comments can be sent to Local Rule Comments, Office of the Clerk, 105 U.S. Courthouse, 46 East Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46204 or to [email protected]

The complete list of proposed amendments can be viewed here

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