Arms of the Court

The Administrative duties of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court are extensive. Adjuncts of the Court are the Board of Law Examiners, the Disciplinary Commission, the Commission on Judicial Qualifications, the Indiana Judicial Center, the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education, the Supreme Court Administrator and the Executive Director of State Court Administration, and the State Public Defender. In addition, the Supreme Court oversees the Office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Tax Court, and the Supreme Court Administrator also serves as the Clerk.

It is through the Board of Law Examiners that the Supreme Court determines the qualifications of law school graduates seeking admission to the practice of law in Indiana. The Disciplinary Commission and its full-time staff investigates complaints of lawyer misconduct, and recommends to the Supreme Court disciplinary action ranging from disbarment or suspension to public or private censure. Membership of the Judicial Nominating Commission and the Commission on Judicial Qualifications is identical and in the latter role the Commissioners oversee the conduct of judges with authority to recommend to the Supreme Court retirement or removal for various causes, including disability. Annual meetings of all judges in the state are conducted by the Indiana Judicial Center for purposes including the exchange of experience and suggestions regarding the operation of Indiana's judicial system. The Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education administers the program established by the Court, which requires attendance of attorneys at continuing legal education classes.

Extensive study is also required by the Supreme Court Justices when the Court considers the adoption of rules controlling procedure involving both the civil and criminal business of the State's courts. While the General Assembly may adopt a code covering such procedures, the ultimate authority rests with the Supreme Court in placing such procedures into effect as enacted or with revisions.