After running, as he puts it, both the gauntlet and the gamut of an extensive interview process led by the five justices and other court managers, Justin Forkner was selected as the new chief administrative officer of the Indiana Supreme Court.
The Indiana Supreme Court has approved a series of amendments to multiple state rules, but one that did not make the cut was an amendment that would have required attorneys to include their cellphone numbers on appearance filings.
Indiana Supreme Court Chief Administrative Officer Mary Willis has resigned from her position and is no longer working for the Supreme Court, the court announced Thursday. Jane Seigel, current and soon-to-retire executive director of the Indiana Office of Court Services, will serve as interim CAO.
Feedback on a proposal that attorneys disclose their cellphone numbers when filing appearances has been overwhelmingly negative. Indiana Supreme Court officials say they are committed to taking the attorney feedback seriously, and lawyers are clinging to that promise in the hopes of avoiding what they see as a violation of privacy.
A series of proposed rule amendments would expand the use of electronic filing in appellate cases and strengthen the right to a jury trial for some misdemeanor offenses, among other proposed changes to Indiana trial and appellate rules.