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State court offices evacuated by smoke; some services unavailable

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 6:15 pm

Indiana Appellate Court staff at 30 South Meridian in Indianapolis are awaiting word on whether court offices will be open Thursday after smoke forced them out of the building. The incident shut down servers in the appellate court data center, meaning some court business conducted by electronic services will also be unavailable.

On Wednesday, employees were safely evacuated due to smoke in the building and what appeared to be transformer explosions, according to a court spokeswoman. The Indianapolis Fire Department was called. Court employees were allowed to return inside for their belongings before being sent home early.

The following Supreme Court agencies are at that location: Board of Law Examiners, Continuing Legal Education, Disciplinary Commission, Division of State Court Administration and Indiana Judicial Center.

These electronic services are unavailable: appellate courts online docket (case management system), Roll of Attorneys and Clerk of Courts Portal (which affects attorney registration) as well as internal agency systems and network drives.