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How do I create an account?

To create an account, you must visit the appealsclerk.in.gov website.  See our help topic on Creating an Account and Signing In for more detailed instructions.

How do I sign in if I forgot my username?

Don't worry if you forgot your username; you can sign in to the portal by typing in your email address into the username box instead.  If you're not sure of the email address connected with your account, you can click the link for "Forgot Username" in the Sign In box, and follow the prompts to login.

How do I sign in if I forgot my password?

If you forgot your password, you can still sign in to the portal by clicking the "Forgot Password" link in the Sign In box.  Follow the prompts giving the information you do have.  You can sign in by answering your security questions correctly, or if you don't remember those, by providing your attorney number and PIN (What is my PIN?)

What is my attorney number?

Attorney numbers are printed in different formats on correspondence from different Supreme Court agencies.  In addition, some attorneys used to have a letter to indicate a name change.  Those letters have been eliminated.

So, for example, an attorney's number could vary in these ways:

12345-67A or 12345-67-A
(previously including the letter)

001234567A
(previously including the letter, as shown on your annual CLE statement)

12345-67
(current format not including the letter, as printed in your annual email statement from the appellate clerk's office)

001234567
(current format as printed on your annual CLE statement)

For purposes of creating a portal account or signing in with your attorney number and PIN through the "Forgot Username" or "Forgot Password" links, you should enter your attorney number in the following format:

12345-67

What is my PIN?

Sometimes called your "initial password," your PIN is included on your annual statement from the Commission for Continuing Legal Education (labeled "PIN #").

What is IOLTA?

Generally, IOLTA is a program created by the Indiana Supreme Court in 1997 in an amendment to Professional Conduct Rule 1.15, regarding the safekeeping of property. 

The rule requires that all Indiana attorneys that hold client funds, which are nominal in amount or to be held for a short period of time by the attorney or the attorney's law firm such that they could not earn income for the client in excess of the costs incurred to secure such income, are held in a specific type of bank account, called either an "attorney trust account" or an "IOLTA account."

The Indiana Disciplinary Commission maintains a list of approved trust account depositories at which attorneys and law firms may open an IOLTA account.

Not all Indiana attorneys are required to maintain an IOLTA account; many are exempt from doing so, and allowable exemptions are outlined in the rule. However, all Indiana attorneys are required to annually certify their IOLTA status to the appellate clerk's office according to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 2(f).

For more information about the IOLTA program, see the following resources:

What are the fees for annual attorney registration?

Attorney annual registration fees (including late fee penalties) are as follows:

 

Paid 8/1-10/1

Paid 10/2-10/15

Paid 10/16-12/31

Paid after 12/31

Active

$180.00

$310.00

$360.00

$510.00

Inactive

$90.00

$140.00

$190.00

$190.00

Retired

$0.00

Fees/Penalties based on attorney's status as of 10/1

Can I mail a check?

Yes, you can mail your annual fee payment in the form of a paper check, but it must be accompanied by a printed Payment Acknowledgment. Your payment acknowledgement is created after you review and submit your online registration information through the portal, then choose "Paper Check / Cash" as your payment method, and confirm the payment method. The payment acknowledgement also includes a Confirmation # that you should write on the Memo line of your check. Instructions on where to mail your check and Payment Acknowledgment can be found on the Payment Acknowledgment you print out.


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