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Clerk of the Appellate Courts
200 W. Washington St.
216 State House
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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About the Court of Appeals

As the second-highest court in Indiana, the Court of Appeals hears appeals from the state’s trial courts. The Court does not preside over trials and must accept all appeals sent to it, with the exception of:

  • Cases in which the death penalty or life-without-parole is rendered (appealed directly to the Indiana Supreme Court);
  • Cases in which statutes are declared unconstitutional by a trial court (automatically appealed to the Supreme Court);
  • Attorney disciplinary cases (which also go to the Supreme Court); and, Cases involving taxation (which go to the Indiana Tax Court).

As a result, the 15 members of the Court issue approximately 2,500 written opinions each year. A decision of the Court of Appeals of Indiana is final unless granted further review by the Indiana Supreme Court. Learn more »

Latest News & Headlines

Court welcomes Judge Altice appointment

July 17, 2015 | Press Release

INDIANAPOLIS - Court of Appeals Chief Judge Nancy H. Vaidik today welcomed the selection of Marion Superior Court Judge Robert R. Altice, Jr., to the Court of Appeals, to succeed retiring Judge Ezra Friedlander.

Gov. Mike Pence announced Judge Altice’s appointment at a July 17th news
conference. Judge Altice will be the 118th judge to serve the Court of
Appeals since its 1891 inception.

“Our entire court welcomes Judge Altice,” Judge Vaidik said. “He brings a
wealth of trial court experience and a demonstrated commitment to the legal
and civic communities. Our court serves an indispensable role in Indiana
government and we’re happy that he’ll be part of that.”

An official swear-in date for Judge Altice will be announced later. Judge
Friedlander’s retirement is effective Aug. 31.