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Appellate Case Search: courts.in.gov/cofc/docket.html

Searching by Case Number

The Case Number Format: Each case is assigned a unique number using the following components:

Image describing how case number is organized, also described in Administrative Rule 8.

Entering the Case Number: If you know the appellate case number, enter it in the appropriate boxes in the case number format.

If you only know part of the case number or wish to see a range of cases, you may perform a partial search. To do this, you must enter the criteria you wish to search by and fill in the rest of the spaces with asterisks (*). For example, if you wanted to find civil cases in Hamilton County for the year 2001, you would enter the following in the search boxes:

Example image showing how to enter wild cards in the search boxes.

County Number:
Scroll for a list of all two-digit county codes for the state of Indiana.

01 .... Adams
02 .... Allen
03 .... Bartholomew
04 .... Benton
05 .... Blackford
06 .... Boone
07 .... Brown
08 .... Carroll
09 .... Cass
10 .... Clark
11 .... Clay
12 .... Clinton
13 .... Crawford
14 .... Daviess
15 .... Dearborn
16 .... Decatur
17 .... DeKalb
18 .... Delaware
19 .... Dubois
20 .... Elkhart
21 .... Fayette
22 .... Floyd
23 .... Fountain
24 .... Franklin
25 .... Fulton
26 .... Gibson
27 .... Grant
28 .... Greene
29 .... Hamilton
30 .... Hancock
31 .... Harrison
32 .... Hendricks
33 .... Henry
34 .... Howard
35 .... Huntington
36 .... Jackson
37 .... Jasper
38 .... Jay
39 .... Jefferson
40 .... Jennings
41 .... Johnson
42 .... Knox
43 .... Kosciusko
44 .... LaGrange
45 .... Lake
46 .... LaPorte
47 .... Lawrence
48 .... Madison
49 .... Marion
50 .... Marshall
51 .... Martin
52 .... Miami
53 .... Monroe
54 .... Montgomery
55 .... Morgan
56 .... Newton
57 .... Noble
58 .... Ohio
59 .... Orange
60 .... Owen
61 .... Parke
62 .... Perry
63 .... Pike
64 .... Porter
65 .... Posey
66 .... Pulaski
67 .... Putnam
68 .... Randolph
69 .... Ripley
70 .... Rush
71 .... St. Joseph
72 .... Scott
73 .... Shelby
74 .... Spencer
75 .... Starke
76 .... Steuben
77 .... Sullivan
78 .... Switzerland
79 .... Tippecanoe
80 .... Tipton
81 .... Union
82 .... Vanderburgh
83 .... Vermillion
84 .... Vigo
85 .... Wabash
86 .... Warren
87 .... Warrick
88 .... Washington
89 .... Wayne
90 .... Wells
91 .... White
92 .... Whitley

Twenty-nine (29) is the two digit code for Hamilton County, 01 denotes the year 2001, and CV is the code for Civil cases. Note that you must fill in all empty spaces with asterisks (*) in order for the search to function. Below are some tips for entering the appropriate information in each box.

Court Code: Enter 'S' for Supreme Court cases, 'A' for Court of Appeals cases, or 'T' for Tax Court cases.

District Number: If you are searching for an Appeals case, you would enter the code for one of the five Appeals districts: 01, 02, 03, 04, or 05. The Supreme Court has only one district: 00; and the Tax Court has only one district: 10.

Date: The date must be entered in YYMM format; however, if you prefer to search by an entire year, you may enter YY**.

Case Type: Enter

'CV' for civil cases

'CR' for criminal cases

'TA' for tax cases

'JV' for juvenile cases

'DI' for disciplinary cases

Sequence Number: Unless you know the exact number of the case you're looking for, then you should type five (5) asterisks (*) in this box.

Searching by Lower Court Case Number

Most lower court case numbers are in a format similar to the case number on appeals. To search by lower court case number, enter it in the appropriate box as an uninterrupted string of characters (without dashes). If you only know the beginning of the lower court case number, enter as many characters as you can, followed by an asterisk (*).

Searching by Litigant Name

A litigant is a party to the case. If you know the name of a litigant, enter the last name first, followed by a comma, a space, and the first name (the search is not case sensitive). If you only know part of the litigant's name, enter an asterisk (*) before or after the part you know, and your search will result in a range of names containing the part you know (see examples below). The list will be sorted alphabetically.

Entering 'smith' will return any name that begins with those letters

Entering '*smith' will return any name that contains those letters occurring together at any place in the name. (This type of search will take longer to perform.)

Searching by Attorney Name

Cases may be searched using the name of an attorney representing a party to the case. Enter the name of the attorney in the appropriate box -- last name first, followed by a comma, a space, and the first name (the search is not case sensitive). If you only know part of the attorney's name, enter an asterisk (*) before or after the part you know, and your search will result in a range of names containing the part you know (see examples below). The list will be sorted alphabetically. [Note: this is the slowest type of search to perform.]

Entering 'smith' will return any name that begins with those letters

Entering '*smith' will return any name that contains those letters occurring together at any place in the name. (This type of search will take longer to perform.)

Multiple Search Results

If more than one case matches your search criteria, the system will display a list of cases. Otherwise, the system will take you directly to the electronic case docket.

If a list of cases is displayed, move the cursor to the case desired and press enter to go to the electronic case docket.

Printing the Case Information

The electronic case docket may be printed using your web browser's "print" button. Please note: Any print-out of the electronic case summary is not an official copy of the docket. Official copies of a case docket must be obtained directly from the Clerk's Office.