Currently, this website includes access to court case searches in limited locations in Indiana. The Indiana Supreme Court, through its Judicial Technology and Automation Committee, is working toward providing an integrated case management system to all counties in Indiana.
Implementation of that system, called Odyssey, will occur county by county, and began with all Monroe County Courts and the Marion County Washington Township Small Claims Court in December 2007. As additional counties begin using the system, their local case information will be included in this public records search.
Please note that the records available through this online search include both data that is recorded through Indiana's Odyssey system and data that has been converted from previously used electronic systems. As a result, converted data in a record may be referred to as a "converted event."
Beginning a Search. To begin a case search, first select the location from the drop-down menu. Options in the drop-down menu include all courts, meaning records from all locations included in the system, or individual counties. Infractions and Ordinances from Marion County Traffic Court are also available.
After selecting a location, click the link for the collection you wish to search. You may search either criminal cases, which also include infractions and traffic tickets, or civil, family, and probate cases, collectively. When you click the collection link, you will be redirected to a page where you can choose additional search criteria.
Two new search features have been added.
Civil, Family & Probate Case Search. When you conduct a search for civil, family and probate cases, you may search by: case number, party name, or attorney name. For each search type, certain information is required. Required fields are indicated by a plus sign (+) and appear in red text. After completing the required fields you may further limit the search results by selecting a case status and a date range for the date the case was filed.
Criminal Case Search. When you conduct a search for criminal cases, infractions and ordinance violations, you may search by: case number, defendant name, defendant's date of birth, citation case number, or attorney name. For each search type, certain information is required. Required fields are indicated by a plus sign (+) and appear in red text. After completing the required fields you may further limit the search results case status and a date range for the date the case was filed.
Case & Citation Numbers. Indiana has a uniform case numbering system outlined in detail in Administrative Rule 8. Each part of the case number corresponds to information about the case, including the county, court, date filed, and case type.
When searching by case number, it is recommended that you include the hyphens (dashes) in the exact position as they appear in the example above. You do not need to include zeros at the beginning of the sequence number (the final segment of the case number). If you only have part of the case number, you may use wild cards in your search. For more information, see the section on searching with wild cards below.
IMPORTANT. It is possible that cases matching the case number entered may not appear in the search results depending on the exact format entered in the search form and the exact format entered into Odyssey. Users of the Odyssey case management system have been trained to use the exact case numbering format above when manually entering a case number. If you search by case number using the format above and do not find the case you are looking for, you may wish to try variations on that case number. Common variations on the case number above might be:
Uppercase and Lowercase. Fields in the search are not case sensitive. If you wish to search for a case by the party name "Richard Smith," your search results will be the same whether or not you capitalize any of the letters in "Richard Smith."
RICHARD SMITH, richard smith, Richard Smith, rICHARD sMITH, and RiChArD SmItH will all return the same results.
The "Use Soundex" Checkbox . Once you have selected a collection to search--if you choose to search by a party, defendant, or attorney name--the page where you will enter your search terms includes a checkbox in the upper-right corner labeled "Use Soundex." Soundex is a tool used by search engines that allows the system some flexibility in returning results.
For example, if you were to search for a case by the name of a party to the case, and you knew the party's name was "John Shepard," but you were unsure how to spell his name, the Soundex will produce search results that are similar in sound, though not spelled the same. So with the "Use Soundex" box checked, you could enter "John Shepard" and produce results associated with "John Shepard" as well "Jon Sheppard," "John Shepherd," "John Sheperd," and even "John Swafford."
NOTE: If you are conducting a search by party name, defendant name, or attorney name, you must turn off the Soundex by unchecking the "Use Soundex" box to use wild cards in your search.
To use a wild card, you can simply replace parts of your search term(s) with an asterisk *. Different types of searches allow for various uses of wild cards.
EXAMPLE - NAME SEARCH
For example, in a party, defendant or attorney name search, if you know the person's last name is "Sheppard" with a first name starting with the letter "J," you can use a wild card to produce better search results. In a party search, the first name is optional. Additionally, if you enter only the letter "J" into the "first name" field, your results would be very limited, if the search produced any results at all. But you can enter "Sheppard" for the last name and "J*" for the first name (after turning off the Soundex), and produce results that include "John Sheppard," "Johnny Sheppard," and "James Sheppard."
You may use a wild card in either the first or last name, but you may not replace the entire first or last name with a wildcard.
EXAMPLE - CASE NUMBER
In a case number search, wild cards may only be used in place of the sequence number. Using a wild card in place of a sequence number allows you to search for all cases of a particular type, filed in a specific month and court.
So for example, if you want to find all Infraction (IF) cases filed in Monroe County Circuit Court #2 in February 2002, you would enter 53C02-0202-IF-* into the case number search field.
If you want to print results from a search screen (not the CCS), you must print the results in landscape (sideways) format. Otherwise, the cause number falls outside of the printable area and does not print. To print in landscape format, change the page layout option in your print dialog window from "portrait" (tall) to landscape" (sideways).
Because browsers and printers vary widely, consult your web browser or printer's help documentation for more detailed information.
If you have questions about a particular case or the contents of a case record, please direct them to the Clerk's Office in the county from which the case originates; or, in the case of a Marion County Small Claims Court, direct your questions to the court.
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