Supreme Court invites comment on numerous rule changes

The Indiana Supreme Court is seeking comment from the bench, bar and public on several proposed amendments to various Indiana court rules.

First, the high court seeks to amend Indiana Administrative Rule 14, concerning the use of telephone and audiovisual telecommunication. The proposed changes would provide more discretion to judges to conduct certain court proceedings by telephone or other technology and remove statutory references. It would also delete Section C, concerning facilities and equipment.

Changes have also been proposed for Alternative Dispute Resolution Rule 8.3. Amendments to that rule would make insurance policy terms discoverable in pre-suit mediation. Changes also are proposed to Jury Rule 10, which would protect sensitive or private information shared by a juror during an in camera or side bar interview with the court.

Two amendments have been proposed the Indiana Rules of Trial procedure, including Trial Rule 53.1 and Trial Rule 64. For its part, changes to Rule 53.1 would allow a party to request to remain anonymous and makes the Office of Judicial Administration the reviewer of a request for action. The proposed amendment to Rule 64 would provide that a writ of attachment expires 180 days after issue.

Additional amendments have also been proposed to various Indiana Appellate Rules.

Comments on the proposed rule changes can be submitted online or through the mail to ATTN: Proposed Rule Amendments c/o Jennifer Bauer, Indiana Office of Court Services, 251 N. Illinois St., Suite 800, Indianapolis, 46204. Comments will be accepted until noon March 2.

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