To the Bench, Bar and Public:
The Indiana Supreme Court seeks public comment on the following proposed amendments to the Indiana Rules of Court.
New Indiana Rules on Access to Court Records and resulting changes to Administrative Rule 9
Rules on Access to Court Records would be a new set of rules created by moving portions of existing Administrative Rule 9, with minimal changes, and placing them in a more organized manner in the new rules. The new rules attempt to clarify confidentiality regarding medical and mental health records and drug test results. The new rules also protect the identity of all children who are testifying or are victims of any crime. For a review of the changes refer to the Summary that is found with the proposed rules at the link below. As a result of the creation of the new rules, Administrative Rule 9 would also be modified.
Admission & Discipline Rules
Proposed Admission and Discipline Rule 6.2 would permit inactive or retired attorneys, including out-of-state attorneys, to practice on a limited basis providing legal services free of charge through a pro bono or legal service organization.
Appellate Rules 9, 24, and 26 set forth amendments that change the way service of a Notice of Appeal is processed. Proposed amendments to Appellate Rule 50 seek to update and reformat the rule.
The proposed amendment to Jury Rule 10 provides for confidentiality of juror information shared during an in camera or side bar discussion.
The Court invited public comment on the proposed rule amendments until July 29. Comments are no longer being accepted.