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No. Cell phones, cameras, personal digital assistants (PDA's), electronic books, beepers, and any devices that are capable of audio and/or visual recording are not permitted in the courthouses within St. Joseph County. For a complete list of prohibited items please see the
Indiana Self Service Legal Center
As to other civil matters, there are ways that legal representation may be available at little or no cost to people with limited financial resources. To see if you qualify, contact of the following resources:
Indiana Legal Services – South Bend, 574-234-8121Volunteer Lawyer Network, 574-277-0075
Also, the St. Joseph County Bar Association has a lawyer referral service. The telephone number is 574-235-9657. Referrals by that service are not necessarily free or discounted. But many members of the bar are often open to discussing reduced fees and/or payment plans for persons of limited financial means.
A mediation service, the ADR Mediation Plan, is also available in divorce and family law matters, such as child custody, property division, paternity, parenting time (visitation), and support. Mediation costs are determined on a sliding-fee scale which is based on income. For information, contact the ADR Mediation Plan at 574-235- 9551.
Consult your paperwork or your attorney. Or you can look for your case information at:
Court fees can be paid at the St. Joseph County Clerk’s Office. The office is located at 101 South Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601. You can contact them by phone at: (574) 235-9635.