Southern District seeking public comment on proposed rule changes

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is seeking public feedback on proposed changes to some of its local rules.

Among the proposals is a revision to Local Rule 5-1, which would be amended to clarify that attorneys who are active and in good standing with the district court are required to file electronically. Additionally, 5-1 would be amended to allow pro se litigants to file electronically if permitted by a court order.
Further, a proposed revision to Local Criminal Rule 13-1 would require defense counsel to file under seal a “Motion to Exclude Cooperator Information” as it relates to the Presentence Investigation Report if a defendant is a cooperator and is petitioning to plead guilty. If the defendant is potentially eligible for relief from a mandatory minimum sentence under the “Safety Valve” provision of 18 U.S.C. Section 3553(f), then counsel may also request in the same motion that the defendant’s qualification for the Safety Valve reduction be excluded from the PSR.

The full list of proposed revisions can be read here.

Legal professionals and other members of the public have until May 17 to send in their feedback on the proposed revisions.  Comments must be submitted in writing and can be sent via email to [email protected] or to Local Rule Comments, Office of the Clerk, 105 U.S. Courthouse, 46 East Ohio St., Indianapolis, 46204.

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