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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

Senior Judge Sullivan dies at 83


INDIANAPOLIS - Court of Appeals Senior Judge Patrick D. Sullivan died today after a brief illness. He was 83.

Judge Sullivan was the longest-serving judge in the court’s history and the last serving member to have won popular election to the court, in 1968. He won retention elections in 1972, 1982, 1992 and 2002, and retired from the court on July 31, 2007. From that time until his death, Judge Sullivan served the court as a senior judge.

“Judge Sullivan was a judge’s judge – he loved the law and loved serving the people of the state of Indiana,” Court of Appeals Chief Judge Nancy H. Vaidik said. “He will be greatly missed, but he leaves behind an enormous body of scholarly work that will forever guide future generations of Indiana lawyers and judges.”

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