The Federal District Court for the Southern District of Indiana contains courthouses in Indianapolis, Terre Haute, New Albany, and Evansville. Your case will be heard in the courthouse where the charges were filed.
What to expect when visiting a courthouse:
When you enter a federal courthouse you will pass through a screening station. You should leave home in time to allow for a short delay in order to pass through the security screening.
The court security officers will check the contents of your purse, briefcase, or other parcels by passing them through an x-ray machine. You will have to walk through a metal detector similar to those used in airports.
Friends, Family & Children
We strongly encourage your family and friends to attend and support you at your scheduled court appearances. However, if you have small children, please be aware that these are formal proceedings and it might be difficult for little ones to sit through an extended hearing.
You Must Bring a Photo ID
You will be required to show a valid government issued photo ID, such as driver’s license or ID card. You or your family members will not be allowed to enter without showing your ID.
Federal courthouses are more formal than state courts. Formal wear is not necessary but shorts, halter tops, tank tops, or any clothing that exposes the midriff or underclothing, flip-flops, pool shoes, or t-shirts with inappropriate graphics or wording are not recommended.
You cannot bring a weapon of any sort into the courthouse, this obviously includes firearms and knives. Audio and visual equipment are also prohibited as are beverages of any kind. There is no place to store such items at the courthouse. Cell phones and laptops are not allowed in the courtrooms, except those in use by attorneys. If you or a loved one bring your cell phone into the courthouse you will be asked to turn it off by security and it will be placed in a locked bag. You may then carry that bag with you to the courtroom and it will be unlocked again by security on the way out of the building. The use of cameras, camera phones or other recording device is prohibited.
Indiana Federal Courthouses
The Indianapolis division of the court is located at the northwest corner of Pennsylvania and Ohio streets. The physical address is 46 East Ohio Street in Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis division of the court hears cases arising from the following Indiana counties: Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clinton, Decatur, Delaware, Fayette, Fountain, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Tipton, Union and Wayne.
The Evansville division of the court is located at 101 N.W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Evansville.
The Evansville division of the court hears cases arising from the following Indiana counties: Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Martin, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick.
The New Albany division of the court is located at 121 West Spring Street in New Albany.
The New Albany division of the court hears cases arising from the following Indiana counties: Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Lawrence, Ohio, Orange, Ripley, Scott, Switzerland, and Washington.
The Terre Haute division of the court is located at 921 Ohio Street in Terre Haute.
The Terre Haute division of the court hears cases arising from the following Indiana counties: Clay, Greene, Knox, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo.