Southern Indiana District taking comments on proposed rules changes

Proposed changes to rules regarding social security appeals and sealed cases have been released for public comment by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Members of the practicing bar in the Southern Indiana District as well as members of the public are invited to make comments on the amendments. Comments are being taken through June 21, 2021, and either can be mailed to the clerk of the court, Roger A.G. Sharpe, or sent through email to [email protected]

The proposed amendments include establishing a briefing schedule for Social Security appeals. Under the new rule, plaintiffs would have 56 days from the date of the court’s scheduling order to file a brief in support of the complaint. Defendants would then have 56 days after service of the plaintiff’s brief to file a response. After that, the plaintiffs would have another 28 days to file a response.

For cases under seal, the parties would not have to file a separate motion or need a court order to include documents pertaining to witnesses. Victim impact statements and related documents including documents containing the names, addresses and/or payment information of restitution payees would be placed under seal.

The proposed amendments can be found here. 

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