The Indiana Supreme Court’s Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure is interested in obtaining comments from judges, attorneys and the public as it reviews the process by which out-of-state attorneys may seek temporary admission to practice law in Indiana before administrative agencies. An Administrative agency is a quasi-judicial entity of the executive branch empowered with the authority to direct and supervise the implementation of particular legislative acts. Administrative agencies include the Worker's Compensation Board, Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, or Review Board of the Department of Workforce Development.
Three possible options have been suggested. These options include allowing for temporary admission for out-of-state attorneys to practice before administrative agencies based upon approval by 1) the Administrative Agency, 2) the trial court where the agency is meeting, or 3) the Supreme Court. The options can be found at www.in.gov/judiciary/rules/proposed. In addition to comments on these options, the Court is also welcoming other possible ways of addressing how out-of-state attorneys can practice before administrative agencies.
The possible rule change is being reviewed by the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. The Committee was created by the Court to conduct a continuous study of the Indiana Rules of Procedure and other rules as directed by the Court. The Committee is charged with reporting to the Court recommendations and proposed amendments to promote simplicity in procedure, just determination of litigation and elimination of unjustified expense and delay.
The nine-member Committee is collecting public comments about the possible rule changes until May 6, 2011. The comments or additional options can be sent via email or in writing to the following addresses:
- Lilia G. Judson
Indiana Supreme Court
Division of State Court Administration
30 South Meridian Street, Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204