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Steve Lancaster
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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

Court taps senior law clerk as next administrator

June 24, 2015 | Press Release

The Court of Appeals has selected Attorney Larry L. Morris as its new court administrator, effective Oct. 1. Morris will succeed Steve Lancaster, who will retire in September after 20 years with the court.

Morris is the senior law clerk for Court of Appeals Judge Ezra H. Friedlander, for whom he's clerked for 22 years. He earned his law degree in 1991 from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. He also holds bachelor's and master's degrees from two Illinois colleges.

“I’m extremely pleased to announce Larry’s selection as court administrator,” Chief Judge Nancy H. Vaidik said. “Larry has been a valued member of the Court of Appeals team/family for more than 20 years, and we are extremely proud to see him assume this new leadership role. Larry is uniquely qualified to handle the challenges of the administrator position, given his impressive communication and interpersonal skills, and deep knowledge of appellate law and the court’s workings and personnel. We interviewed a large number of highly qualified people for the job and have every confidence that we made the right decision.”

The court administrator provides a full range of administrative services to the 15-member court. Specific duties include court legal services, budgeting, personnel management, facilities management, and implementation of the new digital case management and pending e-filing systems. The administrator works for the entire court, under the direction of the chief judge.

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