Justices amend appellate, small claims rules

The Indiana Supreme Court has issued several orders amending rules of the court. Among them is a change that requires any appellate party to seek court permission to amend a filed appendix.

Three separate orders issued Monday spell out changes to Indiana’s Rules of Appellate Procedure, Small Claims Rules and Rules of Trial Procedure.

First, the justices inserted additional language to Indiana Rules of Appellate Procedure 49 and 50. Changes to Rule 49 include requiring that any party must seek leave of court to amend a filed appendix. Additionally, justices modified Rule 50 so that the Table of Contents shall be submitted as Appendix Volume 1 in accordance with Rule 51(F).

Next, an order amending Indiana Rules for Small Claims modified Rule 8(C)(3) and subsequent rules to include “trusts” and “trustees” as parties who may present or defend claims without legal counsel if the claim does not exceed $1,500.

Finally, Indiana Trial Procedure Rule 23 was modified to include the Coalition for Court Access in place of the Indiana Pro Bono Commission. Orders amending court rules can be viewed here.

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