Indiana appellate courts extend emergency relief due to COVID-19

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A joint Thursday order from the Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Court of Appeals has announced that an order granting emergency relief through May 4 has been extended due to the ongoing public health emergency posed by COVID-19.

The April 30 order issued by Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Indiana Court of Appeals Chief Judge Cale Bradford says that filing pursuant to Appellate Rule 23(A)(1) by personal delivery to the clerk or the “rotunda filing drop box” is suspended through May 18.

Additionally, parties who cannot meet the deadlines established in previous relief orders handed down March 23, 25 and 27 are directed to move for an extension of time – notwithstanding any contrary provision of Appellate Rules 9(A)(5), 35(C), 54, 57 or 63 – or for leave to file their document belatedly pursuant to Appellate Rule 1. Such motions must be verified and signed under a statement affirming, under penalties for perjury, that the statements made in the motion are true.

Relief will be granted for good cause shown, the order says, notwithstanding any provision of the Appellate Rules imposing a more stringent standard.

In all other respects, the order from April 7 remains in full force and effect.

Click here for previous court orders and developments in the legal community related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

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