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3/23/20 Public Service Announcement re:  Courts

The Steuben County Courts respond to the COVID-19

March 23, 2020 – For Immediate Release

In response to concerns about COVID-19, the Steuben County Courts are monitoring the situation with guidance from health officials and remain open.  If you are able to conduct your business by telephone or email, you are requested not to come into the building.

Maintaining required court operations is important.  The health and safety of our employees and community are equally important.  Therefore, the Steuben County Courts are adjusting the way we operate. 

            a.  Individuals who have received a jury summons should contact the issuing court.

            b.  Individuals who are scheduled to come to court and are represented, should contact their attorney to receive the advice of their counsel.

            c.  Individuals who are scheduled to come to court and are not represented should go to mycase.IN.Gov to check their case and confirm if their hearing has been continued.

            d.  Individuals who are to appear in court, you are encouraged to ask family members and friends to stay at home, or remain outside the courthouse.

Administrative Rule 17 describes the Indiana Supreme Court’s ability to oversee the local administration of trial courts in the event of any unanticipated work interruption.  Steuben County Courts have filed a petition for emergency relief.  The Supreme Court order granting Steuben County’s petition may be found at  https://www.in.gov/judiciary/5578.htm.

The Steuben County Courts are working with local emergency management and health departments to ensure we are taking the necessary steps in response to the virus.  Media with questions should be directed to the office of Superior Court Judge Fee.

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