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:
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 »
The Court of Appeals of Indiana disposed of 2,920 cases and issued 1,915 majority opinions last year, according to the Court’s 2015 Annual Report.
The Court also acted on more than 6,300 motions, petitions for extension of time, and miscellaneous orders.
The 2015 Annual Report is now available on the left side of this webpage. Annual Reports from previous years are posted under “About the Court.”
The Court continues its high standard of quick action on fully briefed cases. The average age of pending cases was 1.2 months on Dec. 31, 2015 – a decrease from the previous year’s average age of 1.5 months.
Case filings in 2015 decreased slightly from the previous year, to 3,267, while the ratio of filed criminal cases to filed civil cases remained similar to previous years, at somewhat less than 2:1.
The court conducted 61 oral arguments last year, including 26 traveling oral arguments held at high schools, colleges, law schools and other sites around the state.