Supreme Court seeking comments on proposed rule amendments

The Indiana Supreme Court is seeking comment from legal professionals and members of the public on proposed amendments to various Indiana judicial rules.

The proposed amendment affecting Trial Rule 69 would change the way in which interrogatories are served on garnishee defendants. The amendment to Rule 69 would also remove the requirement for a garnishee defendant to appear at the hearing on proceedings supplemental.

A proposed amendment to Tax Court Rule 5 would repeal the automatic enlargement of time to respond to a petition.

Judicial Conduct Rule 2.11 is facing a proposed amendment that would permit waiver of judicial qualification in certain circumstance, provided that such a waiver is on the record and reduced to a writing signed by the parties.

Finally, proposed amendments to Trial Rules 4.1 and 4.15 would affect the procedure for serving a summons. Specifically, the amendment to Rule 4.1 would hold if a summons is left at a defendant’s dwelling, it must be left with a “suitable person,” while the change to Rule 4.15 would hold when service is made on a person other than the defendant, a statement of the name or other identification of the person accepting service must be acquired.

Members of the bench, bar and public may submit comments on the proposed changes through July 17. Comments can be sent via email to [email protected] or addressed to Attn: Rules Committee, Hon. Mary Willis, Indiana Office of Judicial Administration, 30 South Meridian St., Suite 500, Indianapolis, 46204. The full list of proposed amendments can be read here.

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