Trial Rules

Local Trial Rules


LR29-TR03-201. Filing of Pleadings & Entry of Appearances

201.10 All pleadings shall be filed with the Hamilton County Clerk with the exception of emergency orders under Trial Rule 65.

201.20 All documents filed in any Hamilton County Court, with the exception of exhibits and existing wills, shall be prepared on paper measuring 8.5" x 11".

201.30 All attorneys and pro se litigants shall file appearances complying with Trial Rule 3.1 and Trial Rule 86.

201.40 Withdrawals of appearances by attorneys shall be permitted only with leave of Court.  In both civil and criminal matters, attorneys requesting withdrawal must comply with the provisions of Trial Rule 3.1(H).

201.50 Pursuant to Trial Rule 5(B)(1)(d), the Circuit and Superior Courts of Hamilton County hereby designate the “mail boxes” located in the Clerk’s order book office for service of pleadings upon attorneys who have such boxes.  Pursuant to Trial Rule 86 registered users of the Indiana Electronic Filing System (IEFS) must utilize the IEFS to accomplish service.  Registered users of IEFS by their registration with the system are deemed to have consented to accept notice and service of orders from the Court by electronic mail.

201.60 All pleadings filed with the Court that require a certificate of service shall specifically name the individual party or attorney on whom service has been made, the address, the manner in which service was made and the date when service was made.

201.70 All filings shall be in compliance with the Indiana Rules of Trial Procedure. If the documents received are not in proper form, such deficiencies will not be corrected by court personnel. The Clerk is not required to notify Counsel or litigants of a filing deficiency.

201.80 Filing by facsimile transmission is permitted as set forth in LR29-AR12-103 until December 31, 2016.

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LR29-TR77-202. Proposed Orders
202.10 Each Motion, Petition or other request for relief shall be accompanied by a proposed order.  Proposed orders must be set forth on a separate page from the motion and must be filed as a separate lead document when the Indiana E-Filing System (IEFS) is used as the means of filing.  Any party in opposition may submit proposed alternative orders to the Court.

202.20 The Court shall not be required to act on any Motion, Petition or other request for relief unless filed in conformity with these General Rules.

202.30 All proposed orders submitted pursuant to these General Rules shall meet the following requirements:

a. Contain a complete distribution list of all attorneys and pro se litigants with full addresses, including email addresses.
b. Stamped envelopes appropriately addressed for each attorney of record and/or pro se litigant on the distribution list.

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LR29-TR00-203. Briefs & Memorandums

203.10 Authorities relied upon which are not cited in the Northeastern Reporter system shall be attached to counsel's brief. If the authority is cited for the first time in oral argument, a copy of the authority may be provided to the Court at the time of the argument. Sufficient copies shall be available to provide counsel for each party with a copy.

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LR29-TR79-204. Special Judges
204.10 After a special judge is selected, the attorneys or pro se litigants shall add to the caption of all pleadings to the right of the case title the following:
“BEFORE SPECIAL JUDGE ______________________________.”

204.20 After a special judge has qualified, a copy of each pleading and Chronological Case Summary entries filed with the Court shall be mailed or delivered to the office of that Special judge by the counsel or pro se litigant with service indicated on the certificate of service.

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LR29-TR00-205. Trial Settings
205.10 All requests to schedule trials and hearings shall be in writing and shall contain the following information:

a. Type of trial or hearing (i.e., jury trial, court trial, final hearing in dissolution, etc.).
b. A good-faith estimate of the total court time needed for the trial or hearing.

205.20 Each request under LR29-TR00-205.10 shall be accompanied by a proposed written order with appropriate blanks for date and time and shall further include reference to those items set forth in LR29-TR00-205.10(a) and (b).

205.30 Every opposing attorney or pro se litigant who receives such an order and disputes the estimate of court time needed for the trial or hearing shall notify the Court in writing within ten (10) days of the receipt of the original order and give their own good-faith estimate of the total court time needed.

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LR29-TR53-206. Continuances
206.10 Motions for continuance shall be in writing and include the following information:

a. The date and time opposing counsel was advised that a continuance will be requested.
b. Whether opposing counsel agrees with or objects to the request.
c. The date and time of the hearing or trial for which a continuance is being sought.
d. The approximate amount of time needed to elapse before the matter can be heard.
e. A good-faith estimate of the time needed for such hearing or trial when rescheduled.

206.20 Unless good cause is shown, no motions for continuance will be considered unless filed at least five (5) days before a court trial or hearing, and at least ten (10) days before a Jury Trial.

206.30 All motions for continuance shall be accompanied by a proposed order in conformity with LR29-TR77-202 and LR29-TR00-205 containing a space for the Court to set a new date for the hearing or trial.

206.40 When an attorney enters an appearance, it is the attorney's responsibility to review the file and become aware of all previously scheduled hearing dates.

206.50 A signature by an attorney on the request for continuance is certification by that attorney that the client has been notified of the request, agrees to the continuance and to the reason for which the continuance is sought.

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LR29-TR16-207. Pretrial Conferences
207.10     An attorney who has the authority to stipulate to pre-trial matters shall attend the pre-trial conference.
207.20     The Court may order the parties to provide written pre-trial entries pursuant to Trial Rule 16 at the pre-trial conference.
207.30     The Court may impose sanctions pursuant to Trial Rule 16(K) and Trial Rule 37 for failure to provide written pre-trial entries.


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LR29-TR00-208. Trials
208.10 Jury trials shall begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. unless otherwise directed by the Court. The attorneys and the litigants shall report at 8:30 a.m. on the first day of trial or at a time as the Court shall direct.

208.20 The Court reserves the right to require advance settlement conferences.

208.30 Court trials shall begin promptly at the time assigned. The attorneys and the litigants are encouraged to arrive substantially in advance of the scheduled time for the purpose of entering into any last minute stipulations or agreements.

208.40 Trials shall adjourn or conclude between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. or as the Court shall direct.

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LR29-TR79-209. Coordinated Local Rule of the Courts of Hamilton County, Enacted in Compliance With T.R. 79 (H)
209.10 Pursuant to Trial Rule 79(H) of the Indiana Rules of Trial Procedure, the Circuit and Superior Courts of Hamilton County, in conjunction with the other Judges of Administrative District 12, i.e., Boone County, Clinton County, and Tipton County, Indiana, have adopted the following rule to establish procedures for the selection of special judges in civil cases. Said rule, as approved by the Supreme Court of Indiana, is as follows:
209.20 Within seven (7) days of the notation in the Chronological Case Summary of an order granting a change of judge or an order of disqualification, the parties, pursuant to Trial Rule 79(D), may agree to any judge eligible under Trial Rule 79(J).
209.30 If a special judge is required to be selected under Trial Rule 79(H) then the special judge shall be selected as follows:

209.30.10 If the case was originally filed in a court of record in Hamilton County, then the judge will be selected randomly from among the regular judges and full time judicial officers of Hamilton County subject to existing local rules regarding case allocation and transfer.
209.30.20 If the case was originally filed in a court of record in Boone, Clinton or Tipton County, then the judge will be selected on a rotating basis from among the regular judges of those counties subject to all local rules in each individual county regarding case allocation and transfer.
209.30.30 If for any reason a judge cannot be selected by the above methods then the special judge shall be selected on a rotating basis from among all the regular judges of the District not already disqualified.

209.40 A special judge selected under 209.30 must accept jurisdiction unless disqualified pursuant to The Code of Judicial Conduct or excused from service by the Indiana Supreme Court. The Administrator of Courts for Hamilton County shall maintain a list of the judges eligible for selection under 209.30.20 and a list of the judges eligible for selection under 209.30.30 and shall be contacted by the selecting court each time a judge must be selected from one of those lists. The Administrator of Courts shall provide the name of the next judge on the appropriate list upon a request from the selecting court and then strike the name of the judge selected from that list. The judge selected in this manner shall not be eligible to be selected again from the same list until all the other judges have been selected from that list except as required to avoid certification to the Indiana Supreme Court.

209.50 In the event that no judicial officer within Administrative District 12 is eligible to serve as a special judge or the particular circumstance of the case warrants selection of a special judge by the Indiana Supreme Court, the judge of the court in which the case is pending shall certify the matter to the Indiana Supreme Court for appointment of a special judge.
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LR29-TR76-210. Transfer of Small Claims, Infraction & Ordinance Violation Cases in the Event of Disqualification
210.10 For the orderly administration of the small claims, infraction, and ordinance violation dockets of Superior Court No. 4, Superior Court No. 5, and Superior Court No. 6, this Rule shall govern in the event that a judge of a small claims, infraction, or ordinance violation case orders a change of judge pursuant to Trial Rule 76(B) or disqualifies himself or herself pursuant to Trial Rule 79(C).
210.20 In the event that the judge of a small claims, infraction, or ordinance violation case in either Superior Court No. 4, Superior Court No. 5, or Superior Court No. 6 orders a change of judge pursuant to Trial Rule 76(B) or disqualifies himself or herself pursuant to Trial Rule 79(C), a special judge shall be selected by the Clerk by random selection of one of the remaining two (2) courts (i.e., either Superior Court No. 4, Superior Court No. 5, or Superior Court No. 6 as applicable).
210.30 PROTECTIVE ORDERS: In the event that the judge of Superior Court No. 6 orders a change of judge pursuant to Trial Rule 76(B) or disqualifies himself or herself pursuant to Trial Rule 79(C), a special judge shall be selected by the Clerk by random selection of one of the remaining two (2) courts (i.e., either Superior Court No. 4 or Superior Court No. 5).

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LR29-TR79-211. Appointment of Special Judges in Circuit & Superior Court No.2

211.10 The regular judge of the Hamilton Superior Court No. 2 will be required to disqualify from cases involving family members on a continuing basis, and that, pursuant to Indiana Trial Rule 79(C)(2), appointment of special judges will be required. In the interest of the orderly administration of justice, special judges should be available for such matters on a continuing basis. The Honorable Paul A. Felix is willing to serve in such capacity in Hamilton Superior Court No. 2. In the event the regular judge of the Hamilton Superior Court No.2, the Honorable Daniel J. Pfleging, becomes disqualified, pursuant to Ind. Trial Rule 79(C)(2), in the Hamilton Superior Court No. 2, the Honorable Paul A. Felix is appointed as Special Judge. Should Judge Felix decline to qualify in a particular case, the matter should then be certified to the Indiana Supreme Court pursuant to Ind. Trial Rule 79(H).

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LR29-TR65-212. Dissipation of Assets & Removal of Children from the State
212.10 In any Domestic Relations case filed in Hamilton County, the parties shall not, without hearing or security:

a. Transfer, encumber, conceal, sell or otherwise dispose of any joint property of the parties or asset of the marriage except in the usual course of business or for the necessities of life, without the written consent of the parties or the permission of the Court; and/or
b. Remove any child of the parties then residing in the State of Indiana from the State with the intent to deprive the Court of jurisdiction over such child without the prior written consent of all parties or the permission of the Court.

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