To the Bench, Bar, and Public:
The Indiana Supreme Court seeks public comment on the following proposed amendments to the Indiana Rules of Court.
The proposed amendment to Administrative Rule 14 would give trial court judges broader discretion to conduct remote hearings. This proposal updates the January 2020 proposed amendment to provide a more efficient and effective means of accessing the court system for litigants and lawyers while balancing due process considerations.
The Court invites public comment on the proposed amendments. 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
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.