For complete information and documentation about the Indiana judicial branch response to the COVID-19 pandemic, see courts.in.gov/covid. Also see information on public access to courts during COVID-19, and make sure to check recent Supreme Court orders for changes to court operations.
For public health information, data and guidance from the State Department of Health, see in.gov/coronavirus.
Follow @incourts on Twitter for the latest news from the Indiana Supreme Court.
Visit the Indiana State Bar Association website for their list of lawyer resources during COVID-19.
Well-being and support
Lawyers, you are essential, and you belong to a profession that can be stressful even in the best of times. It's important that we all strive to stay well physically, mentally, and emotionally during this public health emergency. To that end, the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program is hosting weekly online support groups, and they have compiled a list of remote resources to help you stay well as we all cope with the current public health emergency.
Managing your cases
Emergency court operations may vary slightly from county to county based on local need. Make sure you check the emergency operations petitions and orders for the counties where you have open cases and check the county website to see if they've posted details. As they become available, see transition plans in each county for more information. If you have questions, please contact the court directly.
You can sign into mycase.in.gov to check the status of your cases. If you need to change your password for mycase, sign into the Courts Portal and change it there. Learn how to sign in if your email has changed or you forget your password.
Courts may expect you to attend remote hearings using video-conferencing software, and courts have been authorized by Supreme Court order to live stream those hearings (and extended through the end of 2020) to allow public access.
Appearing in a video conference is different than appearing in court. Follow the instructions provided by the court in which you are appearing, including the specific information on accessing the video conference. You may also wish to consider factors such as lighting, noise in the environment, the size of the room, and even avoiding wearing patterned clothes.
On April 2, the Disciplinary Commission issued ethical guidance for attorneys during COVID-19, and they are always ready to receive your specific ethical questions. You may submit ethics questions securely through the Courts Portal and receive informal guidance in return. Learn more about this process on the Disciplinary Commission website.
Volunteer to help
People need low-cost or no-cost civil legal aid now more than ever, public health emergency or not. And Hoosier lawyers have risen to the task, donating hundreds of thousands of hours in pro bono legal services.
Please consider how you can contribute, by volunteering time or money to support pro bono services in Indiana. Contact a local legal aid provider to volunteer, sign up to answer legal questions through the ABA's Free Legal Answers website, or learn more by visiting the Indiana Bar Foundation website.
Also think about hiring a law school grad as an intern for your firm. The July bar exam may be delayed, but new law school grads are eligible to serve as graduate legal interns under Admission and Discipline Rule 2.1. See the April 8 Supreme Court order for details.
Volunteer as a poll worker
An effort is underway to ensure polling places are open and adequately staffed. The Indiana Supreme Court Justices unanimously agreed the legal community should support that effort. The Court is encouraging lawyers to consider whether they can volunteer at the polls. Read the September 9 letter from the Justices and see more information.
Complete your CLE online
Until further notice by the Supreme Court, any continuing legal education taken by attorneys, judges and other state-level judicial officers will not count toward distance education credit-hour limits in Admission and Discipline Rules 28 and 29. See the September 23 order.
If you are still delinquent on your CLE credit hours for 2019, you may make up for such delinquency by taking distance education courses.
See the March 31 order previously waiving limitations on distance education courses.
To search for distance CLE, visit our CLE course search and under "Course Type" choose "Distance Education" to find online courses. You can also click the "Report attendance online" button to sign into the Courts Portal and upload your certificate of attendance.