Court-required public notices are valuable tools of our democracy because they provide due process to Americans who will be impacted by the government action and help make the judicial process more transparent.
The publication of notices doesn’t guarantee that the targeted individual will see the notice, but it’s the best good faith effort to let someone know their life is about to be impacted if they do not respond when normal service of notice can’t be done.
The Indiana Supreme Court though is considering a rule change that will effectively curtail such notice. The proposed change to Trial Rule 4.13 would allow an attorney to place such a notice on a website controlled by the Supreme Court rather than publish the notice in a local newspaper.
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