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Proposed Rule Amendments from the Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure - Litigation News

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Posted on: Mar 24, 2021

The Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure has posted four proposed rule amendments online for public comment.   

  1. Rules for Alternative Dispute Resolution
    The proposed amendments to the Rules for Alternative Dispute Resolution would make numerous changes on scope of the rules, recognized alternative dispute methods, mediation procedure, and non-binding arbitration.
  2. Rules of Appellate Procedure
    The proposed new rule would expedite appeals from mental health commitments.
  3. Rules for Small Claims
    The proposed amendments to the Rules for Small Claims would allow sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, trusts, LLCs, and LLPs to appear by a designated employee in any small claims case.
  4. Rules of Trial Procedure
    The proposed amendments to Trial Rules 53.3 and 59 would delete outdated references to “personal service on judge." The proposed amendment to Trial Rule 63 would enable a successor judge to conduct all hearings and make decisions in pending cases.  The proposed amendment to Trial Rule 84 would delete an outdated provision.

The proposed amendments can be found at: https://www.in.gov/courts/publications/proposed-rules/march-2021/

This webpage also contains a link to submit comments online or comments may be mailed to: 

Proposed Rule Amendments
c/o Jennifer Bauer 
Indiana Office of Court Services
251 N. Illinois Street, Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46204   

Comments will be received until 1:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 23, 2021.  

The committee values input from all sources in assisting it to refine its recommendations to the Supreme Court.  Thank you for your assistance.  

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