Indiana makes adjustments to court operations during pandemic

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WEHT) – The Indiana Supreme Court is adjusting rules and giving guidance to help attorneys and courts meet legal needs.

The adjustments to court procedures will be official with five Supreme Court orders.

The full list of actions taken by the orders are as follows:

  • Suspends language that might prohibit notaries, court reporters, and others from administering oaths to witnesses by remote video.
  • Identifies conditions under which wills and other estate-planning documents may be signed by witnesses and testators remotely.
  • Provides direction on the impact of emergency orders on critical family law matters like child support, child custody, and parenting time.
  • Relaxes the maximum number of allowed online hours for attorney and judicial officer education, which means more professional requirements can be met through distance education rather than in-person learning.
  • Extends the deadline for filing an application to take the July 2020 bar exam.

The orders address several issues in the legal profession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be available on

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(This story was originally published on March 31, 2020)

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