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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.

Access to Justice

Manages and develops court programs, judicial training and initiatives that bolster the public's trust in the judiciary by supporting Indiana underrepresented community's path to justice. This office seeks to fairly support all participant's access to various entry points of the Indiana legal justice system.

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.

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.

Court Services

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.

Court Technology

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.

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.

General Counsel

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 Office of Innovation leads process improvement initiatives and promotes innovation, creative problem-solving, and a culture of continuous improvement within the Office of Judicial Administration.

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 & Attorney Regulation

Provides ethical guidance to judges and lawyers; handles judicial and attorney discipline investigations; recruits and interviews applicants for appellate court vacancies.

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