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Clerk of the Appellate Courts
200 W. Washington St.
216 State House
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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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 2,500 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 »

Latest News & Headlines

Appeals on Wheels makes 400th stop across Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – The Court of Appeals will conduct its 400th traveling oral argument on June 19 for an audience of high school juniors attending Hoosier Boys State at Trine University, Angola. A panel of Judges John G. Baker, Melissa S. May and Cale J. Bradford will hear Dodson v. Seven Corners Inc., a civil case on appeal from Marion Superior Court.

“The entire court can be proud of this milestone,” Chief Judge Nancy H. Vaidik said. “We appreciate the tremendous interest of audiences across the state and the excellent advocacy of so many attorneys who’ve participated through the years.”

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Judge Baker celebrates 25th anniversary

INDIANAPOLIS – Judge John G. Baker of the Court of Appeals of Indiana will celebrate his 25th anniversary on the court on June 2. He is the longest-serving member of the current court and the sixth longest-serving member in the court's 113-year history. Judge Baker has written almost 4,600 majority opinions for the court.

Judge Baker was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1989 from Monroe County, where he served 13 ½ years on the Monroe County and Superior Courts. Prior to that he was in private law practice in Monroe County. He was chief judge of the Court of Appeals from 2007-2010; served as presiding judge of the First District three different times; and in 2012 was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court's Marion County Small Claims Courts Task Force.

He was retained by election in 1992, 2002 and 2012.

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Judge Robb honored as IU McKinney 'distinguished alumni'

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law has bestowed a “Distinguished Alumni Award” on Judge Margret G. Robb of the Court of Appeals.

Judge Robb received the award at a May 9 Law School ceremony that also honored three other McKinney Law School standouts.

Among her many achievements, Judge Robb was the first female chief judge of the Court of Appeals (2010-2013) and remains a staunch advocate for the court’s Appeals on Wheels public education program.

For more information, please read McKinney Law School’s complete news release about Judge Robb and her fellow honorees.

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