The Office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Tax Court serves as the gateway to Indiana’s appellate courts and Tax Court.
Its primary responsibilities are: (1) processing documents filed in appeals from rulings in Indiana’s trial courts and administrative agencies; (2) collecting all associated filing fees, which are deposited in the State’s General Fund; and (3) issuing orders and opinions of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Tax Court.
It is also the statutory duty of the Clerk to maintain and preserve on microfilm the decisions and records of cases before the Indiana Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Tax Court.
In addition, the Clerk maintains the roll of Indiana’s approximately 20,000 attorneys and responds to public inquiries regarding attorneys’ professional status. The Clerk collects attorneys’ annual licensing fees and distributes those fees to the Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, Commission for Continuing Legal Education, and the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program. The Clerk is also responsible for administering oaths and often is called upon to do so by various state agencies.
In conjunction with the State Board of Law Examiners, the Clerk processes and administers the oath of attorneys twice per year to newly admitted attorneys. The Clerk conducts annual elections for the attorney-members of the Judicial Nominating Commission and administers a selection process for chairpersons of medical review panels.