How the Public Service List works

The e-filing Public Service List is a directory of people, usually attorneys, that can be selected from within the e-filing system to receive a court filing electronically.

If you have an e-filing account, your account has a firm service contact list in addition to having access to the Public Service List. Firm service contacts are people who work for your law firm.

Think of your firm service contacts like your personal address book and the Public Service List like the Yellow Pages®.

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How it works today

Anyone with an e-filing account has access to add contacts to the Public Service List, but there are restrictions on who you are allowed to add. For example, you may add yourself, and you may add staff from your firm if you have their expressed permission.

You may not add opposing counsel, prosecuting attorneys, public defenders or any other party unless you represent them.

To learn more about how to properly use the e-service features of the e-filing system, see our extensive e-service tutorials.

Changes coming January 1, 2018

Beginning January 1, 2018, users of the e-filing system will no longer be able to add contacts to the Public Service List.

Instead, all licensed Indiana attorneys with an Indiana bar number who are in the e-filing system as filing attorneys will be automatically added to the Public Service List. No person who is not an attorney will be added to the Public Service List.

What contact information is used?

The contact information listed for attorneys on the Public Service List will be the contact information from their Roll of Attorneys records:

  • When attorneys update their contact information or notification preferences on the Indiana Courts Portal, their information will be updated on the Public Service List through a nightly process.
  • When attorneys sign up for e-filing for the first time, their information will be posted to the Public Service List through a nightly process.
  • This means that updates to the Public Service List will appear by the following day.
What happens to the contacts currently on the Public Service List?

All contacts currently on the Public Service List will be made private, and no other changes to those contacts will be made:

  • They will not be deleted from your e-filing accounts because you created and control these contacts.
  • They will still be attached to any cases where you have added them as service contacts.
  • They will still be available to attach to any cases in the future.

Be warned, however, that if you created a contact for opposing counsel because you could not find them on the Public Service List, you are not perfecting service correctly. You may only add opposing counsel from the Public Service List, or they may attach themselves to a case for service. Otherwise, you must serve them conventionally.

To learn more about how to properly use the e-service features of the e-filing system, see our extensive e-service tutorials.