Judicial offices seeking feedback on proposed rule amendments

The Indiana Supreme Court and other statewide judicial entities are seeking feedback from members of the bench, bar and public on proposed amendments to various court rules.

The court’s Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, Office of Court Services, Indiana Judges Association and Probate Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana have proposed amendments to Indiana Administrative Rule 9 and four trial rules. The amendment to Rule 9 would make changes regarding bulk data and compiled information, while forms 9G-1 and 9G-2 would be amended to remove references to “green paper.”

Among the amendments to Indiana Trial Rules is a proposed addition to Rule 3.1(A), which would include a new provision requiring individuals who are filing guardianship petitions to complete a Guardian Information Sheet. Next, Trial Rule 77(J) and (K) would be amended to require that record-keeping formats and systems be approved by the Office of Judicial Administration. That amendment would apply to records kept by clerks, judges and judicial branch agencies.

Under its proposed amended version, Trial Rule 79(I)(2) would permit a special judge to name a magistrate to act in the absence of the special judge. Finally, the proposed amendment to Rule 86(F) would add provisions concerning the filing of an affidavit regarding the retention of wills.

The full text of the proposed rules amendments can be read here.

Comments on the proposed amendments are due by Oct. 1 and can be sent via email to [email protected] or through the mail to Office of Judicial Administration, Attn: Tom Carusillo, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 500, Indianapolis, 46204.

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