Court Administrator
Steve Lancaster
Court Administrator

Media Contact
Martin DeAgostino
Communications Director
Information for the Press

Pho: 317.234-4859
Fax: 317.233.4627

Filing Information

Where to file...

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

Filing Guidelines

Clerk's Office Website

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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

Applications available for Court of Appeals of Indiana

Mar 2, 2015 | Press Release

Applications for an upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Indiana are due by April 27, 2015. Today, Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush announced details of the application process for the vacancy that will be available at the end of the summer. 

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Judge Friedlander to retire after 22 years on bench and 50 years of legal practice

Has written 3,000 majority opinions and championed diversity in law

INDIANAPOLIS – Court of Appeals Judge Ezra H. Friedlander has submitted his resignation to Gov. Mike Pence, effective Aug. 31, 2015. At retirement, Judge Friedlander will have served on the Court for more than 22 years and practiced law for 50 years. He will retire just shy of the mandatory retirement age for judges of 75, in December 2016.

Judge Friedlander said he is submitting his resignation now to give the Governor and the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission adequate time to appoint his replacement. The merit selection process to fill Judge Friedlander’s position will include an application and interview. The final selection is made by the Governor. The Judicial Nominating Commission will release details about the process on March 2.  

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