Supreme Court amends trial procedure rules

New language concerning summonses and service of petitions for protective order cases were included in recent amendments to the Indiana Rules of Trial Procedure.

The Indiana Supreme Court announced the inclusion of a new section to Trial Rule 86, dealing with electronic filing and services. Specifically, Trial Rule 86 (Q) deals with the issuance of summons and service of petitions and ex parte orders or equivalent proceedings for protection order, workplace violence restraining order and child protection order cases.

Amendments to the rule state that the Protection Order Registry E-Filing Service Provider is the only provider for e-filing of all initial complaints or equivalent subsequent pleadings and all subsequent filings for civil protection orders and workplace violence restraining orders and for requests for child protection orders.

Service of process required by Trial Rules 4.1 through 4.16, for any document filed in or issued by the court in a civil protection order or workplace violence restraining order case and in a child protection order case, must be accomplished by the clerk, sheriff, court official or other person appointed by a court to complete service of process, the order says.

The changes will go into effect on Oct. 1. All justices concurred in the order signed by Chief Justice Loretta Rush.

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