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Friday, April 19, 2013

Ind. Courts - More on: How open, or isolated, are attorney-client meeting rooms?

Updating the ILB entry from earlier this afternoon, an attorney writes:

Good question you’ve raised about the layout of DOC conference rooms.

I can’t comment on Michigan City, since I haven’t seen a client there in five or six years. But at Miami, the conference rooms all have large windows facing into the common visiting area – very visible, but no sound. And as I recall, Rockville, Wabash Valley, and Newcastle are very similar – you’re seen, but not heard. Pendleton Correctional is comparable, except that the conference-room walls don’t go quite all the way up to the (very tall) ceiling of the common area – so even though I doubt normal conversation could be heard, loud sounds probably would be.

That certainly strikes me as the best way to do it. The easy visibility is good for prison security (and attorney safety), but the sounds that actually implicate attorney-client privilege are protected. Best of both worlds.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 19, 2013 02:56 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts