The forms on the courts.in.gov website are prepared for your convenience. They do not explain the law and are not a substitute for legal representation. Before going to court, you should always seeks advice from a lawyer, including having a lawyer review your forms before you file them. See below for more information about your rights and responsibilities.
In addition, these forms have not yet been formatted for electronic filing and, if e-filed, may be rejected by the court. Unrepresented litigants are not required to use electronic filing and these forms may be filed on paper.
Family Law & General Civil Forms
Form packets with instructions and checklists are available for the following types of civil cases:
Protection Order Forms
A petition for a protection order, no contact order, or restraining order may be filed online from the comfort and privacy of a domestic violence shelter.
Damages in a small claims case are limited to $8,000. Marion County is the only county with special small claims courts, and the rules for small claims in Marion County differ from those in the rest of the state.
- Small Claim in Marion County
- Small Claim outside Marion County
- Video: Going to Small Claims Court without a Lawyer
Criminal History – Expungement or Restricted Access
Indiana law allows a person with a certain type of criminal record to seek approval from the court to limit who may have access to view the record, or to expunge it from the individual’s criminal history.
Forms for appeals are not available in packets with instructions, but are available on our Court Forms for Attorneys website. In addition, you can request free legal help with an appeal from the Indiana Appellate Pro Bono Project.
Forms DO NOT explain the law and may not provide all of the information necessary for a court to reach a decision. Users have permission to use the files, forms and information presented here for any lawful purpose. The files and forms should not be used to engage in the unauthorized practice of law.
Use of any of these forms is not mandated by the Indiana Supreme Court or any of its administrative offices. The Court assumes no responsibilities and accepts no liability for actions taken by users of these documents, including reliance on their contents. All files are under continual revision. If you are not using these forms right away, or if you plan to use them repeatedly, we strongly recommend that you check in on a regular basis to make sure that the files you are using are the most current.
It is very important for you to know that when you sign a court document, you provide information to the court that may help or hurt your case. Before you sign any court document or get involved with a court case, it is strongly suggested that you talk with a lawyer to make sure you know your rights and all your legal options. If you choose to represent yourself you must be prepared. Although these forms have been prepared to help you represent yourself, you should know that certain courts have their own procedures and may not accept every form.