Chief Judge   Philip Simon
Clerk               Robert Trgovich
Chief Deputy Todd Steiner
The Clerk's office, as the doorway to the court, continuously strives to provide quality, courteous, and prompt service with a commitment to professionalism, teamwork, and efficiency based on our belief that all people have the right to be treated with fairness and dignity.
7/16/2014 - Public Notice: System Maintenance
ECF will be unavailable from 5:30 PM EDT on Friday, August 1, 2014 until 7:00 AM EDT on Monday, August 4, 2014
06/25/2014 - Local Rule Amendment
Notice of Local Rule Amendment dated 6/25/2014
Comments concerning the proposed rule amendments are welcome. Comments must be submitted on or before July 25, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to:
Local Rules Comments
Office of the Clerk
204 South Main Street
South Bend, Indiana 46601
6/2/14 Warning! Arrest Warrant Scam
"You’ve received a warrant by fax or email saying a federal law enforcement officer or an attorney for the government wants to arrest you. Charges may be for money laundering or bank fraud, or missed jury duty. To avoid arrest, the warrant says, send money."
It’s a scam!
Click below for additional information.
Arrest Warrant Scam Information
5/16/14 NOTICE OF CM/ECF 6.1 UPDATES AND MODIFICATIONS AS OF 5/27/14
CM-ECF 6.1 Updates for Attorneys and PACER users
1/31/14 ***NEW CIVIL CASE FILING PROCEDURES***
Effective February 3, 2014, all new civil cases filed by counsel will be filed electronically in CM/ECF. This procedure will become mandatory as of February 24, 2014. Until then, the Clerk's Office will continue to accept new civil cases filed on paper, if necessary. Please view On-Line Captivate Training Modules Electronic Civil Case Opening and Docketing a Complaint or Notice of Removal prior to e-filing your first new civil case (click on the ECF/PACER tab on the blue bar above, then under ECF Training, select On-Line Captivate Training Modules). Instruction manuals are also available (Please see Attorney Case Opening Manual and Guide to Entering Parties in CM/ECF).
1/14/2014 ***Malicious Emails Regarding Phony Court Cases Carry Computer Virus ***
The federal judiciary has learned of an email scam, in which emails purporting to come from federal and state courts are infecting recipients with computer viruses.
According to the Security Operations Center of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the emails are instructing recipients to report to a hearing on a specified day and time. The emails also instruct recipients to review an attached document for detailed case information. When the attachments or links in the email are opened, a malicious program is launched that infects the recipient's computer. Several state courts have reported similar schemes, and also are warning the public about potential viruses.
Unless you are actively involved in a case in federal court and have consented to receive court notifications electronically, you generally will not be served with court documents electronically.
If you receive an email regarding a federal court case or matter of which you are unaware, you should contact the federal court in your jurisdiction before opening any attachments or links. You can contact any Clerk's Office of the Northern District to inquire.
12/1/2013 - AMENDED LOCAL RULES EFFECTIVE 12/1/2013
General Order 2013-14 adopting Local Rules dated 12/1/2013
Local Rules Notice dated 12/1/2013
Adopted Local Rules effective 12/1/2013
Local Rules Notice including redline amendment dated 9/5/2013
Compilation of Local Rules with the 2009 amendments, committee comments and acknowledgments
11/25/2013 ***JURY SCAM ALERT ***
ANY OFFER by phone, email or text message to avoid arrest through the payment of a specific amount or to pay fines for missing jury duty is NOT VALID. If you receive such a call do not provide any requested information and notify the District Court Clerk’s Office.
Juror scams have been reported in Colorado, New Mexico, New York and Utah.
Most contact between a federal court and a prospective juror will be through the U.S. Mail, and any phone contact by real court officials will not include requests for social security numbers, credit card numbers, or any other sensitive information.
Juror Scams - Additional Information
Amended Fee Schedule effective December 1, 2013
Appellate Filing Fee - from $450 to $500
Records Retrieval Fee - from $53 to $64, $39 for each additional box
Any payment returned or denied funds, $53
Compilation of Local Rules with the 2009 amendments, committee comments and acknowledgements