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To the Bench, Bar, and Public:

The Indiana Supreme Court seeks public comment on the following proposed amendments to the Indiana Rules of Court.

Administrative Rule 15

The proposed amendment to Administrative Rule 15 would specify that a page of a transcript does not include exhibits, require counties to designate a maximum hourly rate for preparation of exhibits, and specify that a per page fee only applies to portions of the transcript that require transcription.

Proposed changes to Administrative Rule 15 [PDF, 48 KB]

Appellate Rule 4

The proposed amendment to Appellate Rule 4 would remove life without parole cases from mandatory Supreme Court review.

Proposed changes to Appellate Rule 4 [PDF, 54 KB]

Trial Rule 82

The proposed amendment to Trial Rule 82 would require clerks and trial courts to accept for filing court documents generated from forms approved by the Supreme Court or Coalition for Court Access.

Proposed changes to Trial Rule 82 [PDF, 32 KB]


The Court invites public comment on the proposed amendments until 12:00 p.m. (Eastern) on August 8. Comments may be submitted online or by mail to:

Office of Judicial Administration
Attention Rules Committee
251 N. Illinois Street, Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Submit Comments Online

Comments submitted by other means, including those sent directly to court staff or members of the Rules Committee will not be considered. 

The Supreme Court's Rules Committee records and reviews each public comment received according to Indiana Trial Rule 80(D). The committee may then adjust the language in the proposed amendment based on public comments. If the committee moves forward with a proposed amendment, a final draft of the rule is submitted to the Indiana Supreme Court with copies of all public comments received. The Court then determines whether to accept the proposed amendment, reject it, rewrite it themselves, or send it back to the Rules Committee for additional study. This process can take several months. If a rule amendment is accepted, the Court will issue an order amending the rules.