Comment sought on changes to problem-solving courts, administrative, trial rules

Indiana residents and legal professionals this month can offer their perspectives on proposed amendments to the rules of the state’s problem-solving courts and other administrative and trial rules.

The Judicial Conference of Indiana Problem Solving Courts Committee is currently seeking comment on proposed rule changes that would add a new section on incentives, sanctions and therapeutic adjustments. Additionally, the proposed amendments, if approved, would bring changes to problem-solving court eligibility and to policy and procedure manual requirements.

The Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, Office of Court Services, Indiana Judges Association and Probate Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana have also proposed amendments to two rules that are now open to public comment. First, an amendment to Administrative Rule 8 would create a new case type, “JQ,” for use when requesting a protection order for a child.

Second, a proposed change to Trial Rule 86(Q) would require that requests for civil protection orders, workplace restraining orders and child protection orders be filed through the dedicated Protection Order Registry E-Filing Service Provider. Additionally, the proposed changes would provide that the clerk, a sheriff, a court official or other court-appointed person must accompany service of process in such cases.

The full text of the proposed problem-solving court changes can be read here, while the text of the amendments to Administrative Rule 8 and Trial Rule 86(Q) can be read here.

Comments on each of these proposed changes are due by Oct. 29.  Comments regarding the problem-solving courts can be sent via email to [email protected] or through the mail to Indiana Office of Court Services, attention Diane Mains, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 900, Indianapolis, 46204.

All other comments can be submitted via email to [email protected] or through the mail to Office of Judicial Administration, attention Tom Carusillo, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 500, Indianapolis, 46204.

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