To the Bench, Bar, and Public:
The Indiana Supreme Court seeks public comment on the following proposed amendments to the Indiana Rules of Court.
Rules for Alternative Dispute Resolution
The proposed amendments to the Rules for Alternative Dispute Resolution would make numerous changes to the scope of the rules, recognized alternative dispute methods, mediation procedure, and non-binding arbitration.
Rules of Appellate Procedure
The proposed new rule would expedite appeals from mental health commitments.
Rules for Small Claims
The proposed amendments to the Rules for Small Claims would allow sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations, trusts, LLC’s, and LLP’s to appear by a designated employee in any small claims case.
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The proposed amendments to Trial Rules 53.3 and 59 would delete outdated references to “personal service on judge."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 The proposed amendment to Trial Rule 84 would delete an outdated provision.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 Court invited public comment on the proposed amendments until Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern), and the comment period is now closed.