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Posted on: Jan 14, 2021

Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson today issued a General Order that suspends in-person jury trials in all divisions of the Southern District of Indiana until at least April 5, 2021. To the extent this Order differs from previous orders of the court on this subject, this Order supersedes and replaces those Orders.

Please read the General Order for specific details. Other than in-person jury trials, court proceedings shall continue to be held by telephone, by video teleconference, or in person, as ordered in a particular case.

A previous General Order that suspended naturalization ceremonies will expire on January 25, 2021. At that time, naturalizations may proceed in a modified format as determined by the court.

While jury trials have been suspended, the courthouses remain open. However, the Clerk's Offices for the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts in the four divisions of the Southern District of Indiana are closed to the public. Certain limitations and restrictions established in previous General Orders remain in effect, such as the mandatory wearing of face coverings in all public spaces (except for individuals with medical exemptions, or those excused from wearing a face covering in a courtroom by the presiding judge).                                          

The screening and other requirements set forth in the General Order issued on March 20, 2020, also remain in effect, with the understanding that the screening questions may change based upon guidance by public health officials and as knowledge about the symptoms of COVID-19 develops.

The District Court has also created a COVID-19 response page on its website that contains all orders, press releases, and other information regarding court operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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