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Amendments to the Local Rules for the Southern District of Indiana
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Effective January 1, 2011, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana adopted multiple substantive amendments to the Court’s local rules.  These amendments are summarized as follows:

S.D. Ind. L.R. 23.1 – Designation of “Class Action” in the Caption.

Former subsection (b) of this local rule has been deleted, removing the requirement that a party file a separate motion seeking class certification within 90 days of filing a complaint in class action cases.  Now, the timing for such motions for class certification will be determined by the case management plan set forth in each case.

S.D. Ind. L.R. 37.1 – Informal Conference to Settle Discovery Disputes.

The discovery dispute local rules have now been amended to clarify that informal resolution is encouraged for all discovery disputes, including ones that might derail a deposition if not resolved.  Further, with the amendment, when filing a motion for court assistance in resolving discovery disputes, parties no longer need to file a separate statement reciting the efforts taken to resolve the dispute.  Rather, that statement now can be included in the motion itself.

S.D. Ind. L.R. 83.7 – Appearance and Withdrawal of Appearance.

Subsection (c) of this Rule has been amended to require an attorney withdrawing from a case to provide the court with client contact information.

S.D. Ind. L. Crim. R. 13.1 – Sentencing Procedure.

Amendments to this local rule permit electronic service of the presentence report and reflect the previously adopted practice of defense counsel, not the probation officer, providing the presentence report to the defendant. If you have any questions regarding these local rule amendments or any other court rules, please contact the Litigation Practice Group of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP.

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