As Indiana courts prioritize their safe return to live and in-person hearings, the Indiana Supreme Court announced that public health conditions will likely require trial courts to retain expanded authority for remote hearings.
In response to the ongoing public health emergency, the Indiana Supreme Court issued an order May 13, 2020, permitting expanded remote proceedings. Among other things, the order specifically modified Indiana Administrative Rule 14 to allow broader use of telephone and audiovisual telecommunication to conduct remote court proceedings.
Justices also issued a related Nov. 10 order on continued emergency actions that extended that authority until July 1, 2021.
In a similar Friday order, the Supreme Court announced that public health conditions posed by COVID-19 will likely require trial courts to retain expanded authority for remote hearings beyond July 1 and until the formal process to amend Administrative Rule 14 is complete.
“Being duly advised, the Court orders that the May 13, 2020 ‘Emergency Order Permitting Expanded Remote Proceedings’ shall remain in effect until further order of the Court,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush wrote for the court.