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Superior Court 3

Honorable Maria D. Granger is the first judge to preside over Floyd Superior Court 3 created in 2008 under Indiana Code 33-33-22-2 and founded upon fundamental notions of integrity, fairness, and respect for all. The court has general jurisdiction and decides civil and criminal cases. Matters not regularly heard by the court include estates and trusts and small claims.

Veterans Court Founder

Judge Granger is the founder and Supervising Judge of the Veterans Court of Southern Indiana, a Certified Problem-Solving Court serving Floyd, Clark, and Scott counties, and is also Indiana’s model Veterans Court.  Since 2011, court-involved Veterans have received appropriate treatment and assistance to readjust to civilian life after multiple deployments of military service.  Veterans pay for the cost of mental health and substance abuse treatment with their earned benefits.

Public Access and Safety

In 2015, Judge Granger led two major efforts:  1) making protection orders available, through a public access terminal located in a safe zone near the jail, during weekends and holidays when family violence is likely to occur; and 2) changing probation policy in response to the opiate epidemic and mental health crisis.  Individuals on intensive probation have increased supervision, quicker access to mental health and substance abuse treatment, and supportive rehabilitation through immediate rewards and sanctions.

Better Business

The Indiana Supreme Court appointed Judge Granger in 2016 to preside over complex business disputes throughout Indiana.  The Commercial Court aims for more efficiency, less expense and better outcomes in business cases to encourage successful businesses to locate in Indiana with the hopes of bringing positive economic development and quality employment to our citizens.

All of these programs are funded with grants, not taxpayer money.

About Judge Maria D. Granger

Judge Granger’s experience and education includes:


  • January 2016 to present - Commercial Court Judge, Indiana Supreme Court Appointment
  • November 2011 to present - Supervising Judge, Veterans Court of Southern Indiana
  • January 2009 to present - Floyd Superior Court Judge
  • January 2005 to December 2009 - Title IV-D Referee
  • Fall 2001 to Fall 2005 - Adjunct Professor Indiana University Southeast
  • August 2000 to December 2009 – Attorney in general practice
  • May 1997 to May 1999 - Attorney for the Floyd County Office of Family and Children
  • May 1995 to August 2000 - Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Clark and Floyd Counties
  • October 1994 - Admitted to law practice, Indiana Supreme Court and U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts


  • September 2012 - Indiana Judicial College Graduate
  • May 1994 - Doctorate of Jurisprudence, IU McKinney School of Law
  • December 1990 – Bachelor of Science, Indiana University

Judge Granger speaks to community groups about the courts, law and ethics, and the legal system. She also serves as faculty for the Indiana Judicial Conference and has taught the following courses for Indiana judges, legislators, lawyers, journalists, historians, and court staff:

  • 2016; 2015 - “Veterans Court Summit,” Indiana Supreme Court.
  • 2016 - “Modernizing Indiana Courts: Commercial Courts Open for Business,” Indiana Supreme Court.
  • 2016 - “Commercial Courts Coming to a Courthouse Near You,” Indiana State Bar Association.
  • 2016 - “Jury Administrator’s Roundtable,” Annual Clerk/Court Conference, Indiana Judicial College.
  • 2016 - “Jury Selection,” Indiana Judicial College; Indiana Judicial College.
  • 2015 – “Equal Employment Law,” Indiana Civil Rights Commission.
  • 2015 - “Courtroom Demeanor,” General Jurisdiction Training; Indiana Judicial College.
  • 2015; 2014; 2013; 2012 – “Getting Know Your Lemon –Implicit Bias and Fairness,” General Jurisdiction Training; Indiana Judicial College.
  • 2015; 2014 - “Veterans Court,” Battlemind to Home Symposium; Military Family Research Institute (MFRI).
  • 2014 - “Veterans Courts,” Law School for Legislators; Indiana Supreme Court.
  • 2015; 2014; 2013 - “Veterans Court,” Leadership Development Academy (LDA); Indiana State Bar Association
  • 2013 - “Courtroom Demeanor,” City and Town Court Conference; Indiana Judicial College.
  • 2013 - “Pioneer Justice,” Annual Judicial Conference; Indiana Judicial College.
  • 2013; 2012; 2011; 2010 - “New Legislation,” Annual Judicial Conference; Indiana Judicial College.
  • 2012 - “Pioneer Justice” A Progressive Journey through Indiana History Conference.
  • 2012 - “Pioneer Justice,” Supreme Court Lecture Series; Indiana Supreme Court.
  • 2012 - “Veterans Initiatives Indiana,” Annual Judicial Conference; Indiana Judicial College.
  • 2012 - “Mental Health Issues and Veterans in Criminal Courts,” Law School for Journalists, Indiana Supreme Court.
  • 2011 - “The Sentencing Hearing & Sentencing Considerations” and “The Sentencing Decision & the Sentence on Appeal,” Annual Judicial Conference; Indiana Judicial College.
  • 2011 - “Indiana Supreme Court History,” Annual Judicial Conference; Indiana Judicial College.
  • 2010 - “Transition to the Bench, Employment and Personnel Issues,” Judge Orientation; Indiana Judicial College.

Judge Granger has been Recognized

  • 2016 Author, Indiana Veterans Courts Judge Maria Granger Shares Her Thoughts.  Indiana Court Times: Indiana Supreme Court State Court Administration
  • 2016 Special Guest of Senator Joe Donnelly for State of the Union Address by President Barack Obama for pioneering the development of Veterans Courts in Indiana
  • 2016 appointed by Indiana Supreme Court to the Commercial Court
  • 2016 Indiana Bar Foundation Director
  • 2016 Public Interest Law Award, IU McKinney School of Law
  • 2015 Recognized by the Chief Justice of Indiana Loretta H. Rush in the State of the Judiciary Address to the Indiana General Assembly for establishing Veterans Court and promoting the Constitutional promise of reformative justice in Indiana
  • 2015 Elected to the American Law Institute
  • 2015 Chairman’s Award, Life Spring Foundation
  • 2014 Public Service Award, The Center for Women and Families
  • 2013 Author, Veterans Court: Restorative Justice.  Indiana Court Times;  Indiana Supreme Court State Court Administration
  • 2013 Indiana Humanities Board of Directors, appointed by Governor Mike Pence
  • 2012 Recognized by the Chief Justice of Indiana Randall T. Shepard for commitment to higher education and ensuring justice for Indiana citizens
  • 2010 Certificate of Appreciation by Indiana Supreme Court for service as an Advisory Board member for the Indiana Conference on Legal Education Opportunity
  • Contributing Author, Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Press Society in cooperation with the Indiana Supreme Court, 2010
  • Contributing Author, Indiana Jury Bench Book. Indianapolis: Indiana Judicial Center, 2011
  • 2009 Earl T. Shinhoster Award
  • 2006 Woman of Achievement

Judge Granger is a member of Judicial Organizations

  • American Law Institute
  • Indiana Commercial Court Working Group
  • Board of Directors, Indiana Judicial Conference
  • Indiana Supreme Court Records Committee
  • Indiana Bar Foundation Board of Directors
  • Chairperson, Jury Committee of the Indiana Judicial Conference
  • Civil Instructions Committee of the Indiana Judges Association
  • Military Veterans Affairs Committee
  • Sherman Minton Inn of Court
  • Indiana Judges Association
  • American Judicature Society
  • Indiana State Bar Associations
  • Floyd County Bar Association
  • Faculty Judge for "We The People", providing civil education to Floyd County Middle and High School students
  • Former Advisory Board Member, Indiana Conference on Legal Education Opportunity

Online Payments

PayGov.US provides online payment and reporting services to Floyd County Government. To make an online payment for court costs please click the link below.

Should you need information for the required fields you may call the Floyd County Clerk's Office at 812-948-5411, Mon - Fri., 8:00 am - 4:00 pm or click here to perform an online court case search.

DISCLAIMER: Payments will not be processed until funds are received by the county.

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Clerk's Office

Court costs may be paid in the Floyd County Clerk's Office during regular office hours (Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm). The Floyd County Clerk's Office is located on the 2nd floor of the City/County Building.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I talk to the Judge about a case?

    No. The Judge must remain independent, impartial and unbiased to both sides to a dispute throughout all phases of the case. The Judge may not speak with one side without the other side being present. Neither he, nor the Court staff, is permitted to give legal advice.

  • How do I get a public defender?

    You must request a public defender at your initial hearing or in writing. A written request may be hand written and should set out financial information that establish an inability to hire an attorney.

  • How long do I have to wait before I can be divorced?

    You must wait at least 60 days from the date the case is filed. Unless the parties file a written agreement, waiver of rights and decree of dissolution, they will need to request a hearing date to be held after 60 days.

  • When will my bond money be returned?

    After a person posts bond in a criminal matter, the bond will be released minus certain Court cost and fees. The remaining bond monies will be released to the person who posted the bond approximately two weeks after a defendant is sentenced or the case is dismissed.

  • Do I have to hire an attorney?

    A. Any person may represent himself or herself in a court without a lawyer. However, this does not make the judge or the court’s staff your lawyer. You must perform just like a lawyer would perform in gathering evidence and other pertinent information. Neither the Judge nor the court's staff can assist you in preparing or presenting your case. The laws and the rules of evidence remain the same whether you are represented by a lawyer or you represent yourself. The self-help website address is:

    If you cannot afford an attorney, you may contact the following places to apply for free legal assistance:

    Legal Services, Inc.
    3303 Plaza Drive, Suite 5
    New Albany, IN 47150
    (812) 945-4123

    Legal Volunteers
    406 Pearl Street
    New Albany, IN 47150
    (812) 949-2292

  • How do I get a continuance of a court date if I don't have an attorney?

    You need to request the continuance in writing prior to the court date and provide a copy of that request to the all parties in the case. Clearly explain your reasons for the request. Your current address and a phone number should be provided to the Court. You should then contact the Court to see if the continuance has been granted.

Maria D. Granger – Judge, Superior Court 3

Samantha Griffin

Court Administrator Professional

Alyssa Duncan

Court Administrator Professional

Jacob Badger

Court Reporter/Veterans Court Intake

Darla Weathers

Court Administrator Professional

Contact Information

Floyd County Superior Court 3
311 Hauss Square, Room 421
New Albany, IN 47150
Phone: (812) 948-5257
Fax: (812) 948-5266
Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed for Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Veterans Court: Every Monday at 1:15 pm