Changes effective Oct. 31, second revision to civil rules since 2015
(Fort Wayne, Ind.) –Allen Circuit and Superior Courts have completed a review and update of their Local Rules of Court. The updated rules went into effect on Oct. 31, 2019.
Updates to Local Rules are made periodically to assure the courts’ compliance with state law governing policies, procedures, deadlines and other matters. Changes are also made from time to time to adjust fees and to change court processes to better serve the public.
The most recent updates pertained exclusively to Civil Division courts and consisted mainly of routine changes to assure Local Rules remain up-to-date, particularly with the demands imposed by E-Filing. Judges involved the Allen County Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section in the update process.
Specific changes included:
- Improving and providing more forms for lawyers and the public to use in filing motions and proposed orders with the Court
- Outlining the correct process to follow when documents are incorrectly e-filed
- Fine-tuning local discovery rules concerning Request For Admissions, to remove a potential problem for litigants early in a case, before they have had time to hire an attorney;
- Clarifying what information the Court needs to consider motions to continue deadlines and hearings.
“Allen County’s civil courts have reviewed and updated their local rules twice since 2015, to assure they reflect the latest statutes and best legal practices,” said Judge Craig J. Bobay, Administrative Judge of the Allen Superior Court Civil Division. “Regular review of local rules assures that the Allen County courts can, in a timely and efficient manner, meet the demands of often complex civil litigation.”
Before going into effect, proposed changes to local rules must be posted for public comment and approved by the Indiana Supreme Court. Allen Circuit and Superior Court local rules may be viewed online at: https://allensuperiorcourt.us/about/local-rules