The Office of Judicial Administration is responsible for the efficient administration of all agencies that operate under the direction of the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court. That includes 200 personnel; fiscal management; communication; technology; legal services; intergovernmental relations; services for the trial courts; and support for court boards, commissions, and committees. The Office is headed by Chief Administrative Officer Justin P. Forkner, who reports directly to the Chief Justice of Indiana and serves as the link between the Chief Justice and the agencies of the Court.
The Office of Judicial Administration oversees the following agencies.
Admissions & Continuing Education
Certifies that all individuals admitted to practice law have fulfilled the requirements for admission; oversees the legal education requirements of attorneys, judges and mediators, and maintains a mediator registry.
Appellate Clerk’s Office
Processes incoming filings and outgoing orders and opinions for Indiana’s appellate courts; maintains court records and the Roll of Attorneys.
Attorney Disciplinary Commission
Responsible for investigating attorney misconduct and prosecuting lawyer discipline proceedings.
Communication, Education & Outreach
Manages media inquiries, public information, and opportunities for educators to engage with the judicial branch; oversees the Supreme Court’s website; creates and distributes press releases; and coordinates messaging campaigns.
Develops education, programs, and projects for all courts to improve the administration of justice; certifies problem-solving courts, probation officers, and court interpreters; compiles court statistics.
Provides support for day-to-day operations; assists the Supreme Court with creating a vision for how technology can improve court operations and access to justice; develops custom applications for data sharing with the public and state agencies.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Leads development and implementation of initiatives surrounding equity and inclusivity; provides training, resources and facilitation on topics that encourage and challenge us to think and learn from others’ perspectives; assists and supports our internal staff and our external stakeholders and constituents across the state of Indiana.
Fiscal & Operations Office
Manages the Supreme Court budget and assets, processes financial transactions and invoices, and provides accurate, timely financial information to the Court and other government officials. Assists with hiring and disciplinary issues, training, and payroll and benefits.
Provides legal services to Supreme Court staff, agencies, and trial courts; oversees ADA accommodation and language access; and serves as liaison with the Attorney General on litigation involving the courts as a party.
The Innovation Initiative develops projects aimed at making Indiana’s justice system more efficient, less expensive, and easier to navigate while continuing to ensure justice is fairly administered and the rights of all litigants are protected.
Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program
Assists judges, lawyers, and law students with personal issues—addiction, mental health, physical, age-related, and other concerns—that have the potential to reduce their effectiveness.
Judicial Qualifications & Nomination
Provides ethical guidance to judges and handles judicial discipline investigations; recruits and interviews applicants for appellate court vacancies.