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Steve Lancaster
Court Administrator

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Martin DeAgostino
Communications Director
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Pho: 317.234-4859
Fax: 317.233.4627

Filing Information

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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 judges' role, impact hard to overstate

Senior judges play an important but sometimes overlooked role at the Court of Appeals. Although they work part time, they receive case assignments on a regular basis and have the same authority and responsibilities as current, full-time judges. They serve on three-judge panels, participate in oral argument, write opinions, and serve on the Court's motions panel.

The court's case assignment system effectively makes them a 16th judge on the court, because the senior judges as a group receive every 16th case that is assigned to a panel. With only rare exceptions, senior judges serve on panels with two current, full-time judges.

Senior judges work in trial courts across Indiana, after certification by the Judicial Nominating Commission. But senior judges at the Court of Appeals must have previously served on the Court or on the Indiana Supreme Court.

Six senior judges currently serve on the Court of Appeals: Hon. Betty Barteau, Hon. William Garrard, Hon. Patrick D. Sullivan, Hon. John T. Sharpnack, Hon. Carr L. Darden and Hon. Randall T. Shepard.

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