Trial rules amended to address service by electronic means

New language has been added to Indiana’s trial rules to broaden the scope of electronic service.

The Indiana Supreme Court on Friday approved amendments to Indiana Trial Rule 5, governing service and filing of pleadings, documents and other papers.

Specifically, language in Rule 5(B) that previously addressed service via email or fax has been struck in favor of language addressing “electronic means approved by the Indiana Office of Judicial Administration (IOJA).”

Additionally, Rule 5(B)(3)(a) provides that when a clerk transmits a notice via electronic means, the transmission can include a link to or copy of the ruling, order or judgment at issue. Likewise, parties who have consented to service by electronic means can be served by transmitting a link to or copy of a document, pursuant to Rule 5(B)(3)(b). Discovery documents must also be served in accordance with Trial Rule 26(A.1).

The amendments take effect Jan. 1.

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