Video of Court of Appeals oral arguments
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 2,000 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 »