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Southern District e-filing changes proposed

October 19, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is seeking public feedback on proposed changes that would align e-filing rules to be more consistent with Federal Rules of Civil Practice. 

Among the proposals is a revision to Local Rule 5-7 that would eliminate the court’s prior signature requirement including an “s/”. Consistent with amendments to Fed. R. Civ. P. 5(d)(3)(C), the change would require that documents filed through a person’s electronic filing account contain the person’s name on a signature block.

Additionally, a proposed revision to Local Criminal Rule 49-1 would address what papers must be served, service through the court’s electronic-filing system and by other electronic means, and when certificates of service are required in consistency with amendments made to Fed. R. Crim. P. 49.

The full list of proposed amendments can be read here. If approved, the changes will go into effect Dec. 1, 2018.

Legal professionals and other members of the public have until November 16 to comment. Comments must be submitted in writing and can be emailed to LocalRules@insd.uscourts.gov or mailed to Local Rule Comments, Office of the Clerk, 105 U.S. Courthouse, 46 East Ohio St., Indianapolis, 46204.

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