Feedback sought on proposed amendments to Indiana Rules of Court

The Indiana Supreme Court is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the Indiana rules for alternative dispute resolution, appellate procedure, small claims and trial procedure.

The high court is accepting public comment on the proposed changes until 1 p.m. ET Friday, April 23.

The proposal for the ADR Rules would amend the scope of the rules, recognized ADR methods, mediation procedure and nonbinding arbitration.

The Appellate Rules amendment would expedite appeals of mental health commitments.

The Small Claims Rules would be amended to allow sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, trusts, LLCs and LLPs to appear by a designated employee in a small claims case.

Lastly, the changes to the Trial Rules would delete outdated references to “personal service on a judge” in Rules 53.3 and 59. An outdated provision would also be deleted from Rule 84. Finally, Rule 63 would be amended to allow a successor judge to conduct all hearings and rule in pending cases.

Comments can be submitted online or mailed to Indiana Office of Court Services, c/o Rules Committee, 251 N. Illinois St., Ste. 800, Indianapolis, IN, 46204.

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