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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

2013 Annual Report Now Available
The Court of Appeals of Indiana disposed of 3,362 cases and issued 2,058 majority opinions last year, according to the court’s 2013 Annual Report.

The Court also acted on nearly 7,000 motions, Petitions for Time, and Miscellaneous Orders.

The 2013 Annual Report is now available on the left side of this webpage. Annual reports from previous years are posted under “About the Court.”

The Court continues its high standard of quick action on fully briefed cases. The average age of pending cases was one month on Dec. 31, 2013 – the same as 2012.
Case filings in 2013 declined slightly from the previous year, to 3,931, while the ratio of filed criminal cases to filed civil cases remained the same as the last several years, at about 2:1.
The Court conducted 71 oral arguments last year, including 30 traveling oral arguments held at high schools, colleges, law schools and other sites.

Indiana Commission for Women honors Judge Robb
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Commission for Women has honored Court of Appeals Judge Margret G. Robb with its prestigious Torchbearer Award.

Judge Robb was honored as a “trailblazer” for her many contributions to Indiana and the law, including her service from 2011-13 as the first female chief judge in the court’s more than 100-year history.

Judge Robb received the award at the Tenth Anniversary Torchbearer Awards at the Indiana Historical Society on March 5. Thirteen other distinguished Hoosier women were similarly honored.

Judge Robb was appointed to the court in July 1998 from Tippecanoe County, where she was engaged in the general practice of law and was a registered family and civil mediator.

She has been widely honored by state and local bar associations, universities, and other organizations. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves on the American Bar Association’s law school accreditation committee. She has also held high-level positions in the ABA’s Appellate Judges Council and the National Association of Women Judges.

The Indiana Commission for Women is a bipartisan advisory commission established in 1992 and enacted as a state Commission in 1996.

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