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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ind. Courts - Rule change re CLE credits

The Supreme Court announced today a rule it filed as final on June 10th which includes provisions allowing the CLE Commission to charge application fees and late processing fees re applications for CLE course approvals and/or attendance accreditation.

For an Indiana attorney, a late course approval is $50 and a late attendance accreditation is $50. Maybe I don't understand, but generally it is the entity sponsoring the CLE that obtains the accreditation and sends in the attendance reports ... Does this make attending attorneys responsible?

Here is what the Court's news release says:

Starting in January 2015, the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education (Commission) will have a new fee schedule. This schedule allows the Commission to charge fees connected to certain course approvals and attendance reporting. Rule Amendments to Admission and Discipline Rules 28 and 29 and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Rules allow the Commission to charge application and late processing fees effective January 1, 2015.

The fee schedule was approved by the Indiana Supreme Court on June 10, 2014. There will be no fee for reporting attendance when an Indiana attorney reports in a timely manner.

Under the new fee schedule, however, some attorneys, mediators and education sponsors seeking course accreditation with the Commission will be charged an application fee. The Commission will also begin charging attorneys or sponsors a late fee when course attendance is not submitted within 30 days of course completion. Certain approved sponsors including the Indiana Judicial Center, Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum and others will not pay an application fee.

However, I don't see many of those details in the rule.

Here are Rules 28 and 29 in full.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 19, 2014 11:41 AM
Posted to Courts in general