The Indiana Statehouse rotunda filing drop box is once again accessible for appellate case filings as public access to the Statehouse has been reinstated, the Indiana Supreme Court and Indiana Court of Appeals have announced. As such, appropriate in-person filing at the clerk’s office is once again permitted.
“On July 2, 2020, the Indiana Supreme Court and Court of Appeals of Indiana issued an order that, among other things, suspended filing by personal delivery to the Clerk or the ‘rotunda filing drop box’ under Appellate Rule 23(A)(1). At the time of that order, public access to the Indiana Statehouse had been restricted, and maintenance work near the east entrance to the Statehouse made the rotunda filing drop box inaccessible,” according to a joint order signed by Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Indiana Court of Appeals Chief Judge Cale Bradford.
The Monday order states that filing pursuant to Appellate Rule 23(A)(1) by personal delivery to the clerk’s office or to the rotunda filing drop box is reinstated. If public access to the Statehouse is again restricted or the clerk’s office is otherwise unavailable, materials for filing should be deposited in the rotunda filing drop box at the east entrance to the Statehouse or should be electronically filed.
Additionally, the July 2 order’s provision for extensions of time and belated filings for good cause shown remains in effect until further order of the courts.