Commercial Courts

Purpose

The purpose of commercial courts is to 

  1. establish judicial structures that will help all court users by improving court efficiency; 
  2. allow business and commercial disputes to be resolved with expertise, technology, and efficiency; 
  3. enhance the accuracy, consistency, and predictability of decisions in business and commercial cases; 
  4. enhance economic development in Indiana by furthering the efficient, predictable resolution of business and commercial law disputes; and 
  5. employ and encourage electronic information technologies, such as e-filing, e-discovery, telephone/video conferencing, and also employ early alternative dispute resolution interventions, as consistent with Indiana law.
 

Sample Commercial Court Orders and Other Documents

Appendix A - Resource Guide for Managing Complex Litigation Cover Pages PDF
Appendix B - Notice Identifying Commercial Court Docket Case Word
Appendix C - Notice of Consent to the Commercial Court Docket Word
Appendix D - Stipulated Notice Identifying Commercial Court Docket Case Word
Appendix E - Stipulated Notice Identifying Commercial Court Docket Case (Multiple Parties) Word
Appendix F - Notice of Refusal to Consent to the Commercial Court Docket Word
Appendix G - Order Appointing Commercial Court Master Word
Appendix H - Order Appointing Commercial Court Discovery Master Word
Appendix I - Order for Initial Case Management Conference Word
Appendix J - Initial Case Management Proposed Order Word
Appendix K - Stipulated Protective Order Word
Appendix L - Order Setting and Governing Bench Trial Word
Appendix M - Order Setting and Governing Jury Trial Word
Appendix N - Final Pre-Trial Hearing Order for Bench Trial Word
Appendix O - Final Pre-Trial Hearing Order for Jury Trial Word
ESI Supplement to Proposed Initial Case Management Order Word

Indiana Supreme Court Orders

April 27, 2016
Order adopting Interim Commercial Court Rules for the Indiana Commercial Court Pilot Project

January 20, 2016
Order establishing the Indiana Commercial Court Pilot Project 

June 2, 2015
Order establishing the Indiana Commercial Court Working Group 

Reports and Fact Sheets

Participating Judges

Judge Craig Bobay
Allen Superior Court – Civil Division
Website

Judge Stephen Bowers
Elkhart Superior Court 2
Website

Judge Richard D’Amour
Vanderburgh Superior Court
Website

Judge Maria Granger
Floyd Superior Court 3
Website

Judge John Sedia
Lake Superior Court
Website

Judge Heather Welch
Marion Superior Court, Civil Division 1
Website

 

Staff Contact

Jeffrey Wiese
Indiana Office of Court Services
317-232-2542 
jeffrey.wiese@courts.in.gov

Amanda Wishin
Indiana Office of Court Services
317-232-1313
amanda.wishin@courts.in.gov