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Clerk of the Appellate Courts
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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 »

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Court of Appeals adopts new opinion format

INDIANAPOLIS – The Court of Appeals has adopted a new, reader-friendly format for all opinions and orders, effective Jan. 26, 2015.

The format employs a new, larger typeface (Calisto MT); paragraph numbering for easy reference; ragged-right copy justification; and line spaces instead of indents to mark new paragraphs.

The changes are based on typography industry best practices and are meant to optimize both print and online reading experiences. The new format is also more useful for optical character recognition, which is used to make scanned documents searchable.

“Mobile devices and computers are the coin of the realm for news and information,” Chief Judge Nancy H. Vaidik said. “It makes sense to respond to that reality with an opinion format that’s easy to read on paper or screen.”    

Besides the new appearance, each element of the new format will build an underlying structure into all opinions and orders, which is crucial for some assistive technologies that “read” documents aloud for some users.

The new format was developed by State Court Administration.

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