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Indiana Court System

Indiana Court System

The Indiana Supreme Court has 1 Chief Justice and 4 Justices. The Appellate Court has 15 judges (3 per district), and one for the Tax Court. Superior Courts have 201 judges in the state. The Circuit Courts have 115 judges. There is also one Probate Court with a single judge presiding.

One county has a specific Small Claims Court, but no other counties do. There are 43 City Courts in this state and 22 Town Courts. IN also has more than 100 problem-solving courts in the state spread over 50 counties.

The Indiana Judicial Branch website is well organized and includes a lot of helpful information for both attorneys and residents of the state. They make it easy to e-file, search for dockets or find a specific court.

Supreme Court
Court of Appeals
Tax Court
Superior Court
Circuit Court
Probate Court
City Court
Town Court
Small Claims Court of Marion County

Indiana Court Records That are not Open to the Public

Most state judicial records are open to the public. However, juvenile, confidential, and sealed documents are not. The state of Indiana has a specific website (mycase.in.gov) set up for the public to search public records to find sex offenders, child abusers, domestic offenders, find judges or a mediator, and check attorney’s credentials and licenses. Patrons can also use the system to open new cases. Their website includes a library of legal information for research. Along with court-ordered private records, the federal government has additional laws requiring that certain information like social security numbers, banking details, home addresses, corporate trade secrets, and other private information be removed from court documents before they are made public.

IN Court Case Filing Information

Filing Information

IN has embraced technology and allows e-filing in every county across its court types. The state's Judicial Branch website has video tutorials, electronic filing guidelines and other helpful resources for patrons to allow public access to court documents. Their system also allows the public to pay fees and traffic tickets online. Unlike most states, this state offers a choice of e-filing vendors, and users can choose between twelve different services. Each vendor offers different options and services. For self-represented individuals, they offer many resources to get started including videos, guides FAQs, court rules, court information, and administrative rules.  Anyone needing to file paperwork can also visit the court clerk's office in person and speak the county clerk.

Search Indiana Court Records Online

You can use the Infotracer tool to search for IN records very easily. Infotracer provides access to thousands of court cases in Indiana from all over the state, including Indianapolis, Marion County, Lake County, and Allen County. Thanks to the IN Access to Public Records Act §§5-14-3-1 et seq., citizens are granted the right to public records like court cases, criminal records, civil disputes, divorces, bankruptcies, case numbers and access to court issues.

Someone can look up public records in this state privately without the need for permission or specific information. The records are public and readily available unless they have been sealed by a court order or by IL statute.

Using Infotracer, you can gain free instant access to Illinois records using a quick Illinois state records name search. It’s the best way to lookup court cases online from Illinois circuit and  superior courthouses, town and city courts, and of course small claims courts as well!

Indiana Court Statistics

In 2012, the Indiana courts received 1,618,608 filings. In 2016, the number of filings decreased by 20.4% and counted 1,288,816 filings and had 1,258,836 outgoing cases

Total State Caseloads

YearTotal Caseload
20121,618,608
20131,497,977
20141,324,047
20151,351,483
20161,288,816

Share of Court Type Incoming Caseloads

Court TypeIncoming Caseloads
Civil30%
Criminal22%
Domestic Relations8%
Traffic41%

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Indiana at year end of 2016 has decreased by 8.3% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 106,358 but are higher than in 2015.

YearDomestic Relations CaseloadTotal Statewide Caseload
2012106,3581,618,608
201398,1791,497,977
201494,1371,324,047
201593,8791,351,483
201697,5781,288,816

Indiana Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Indiana courts counts to 219,440, with 70,615 felony cases and 148,825 misdemeanors accordingly.

YearCriminal CaseloadMisdemeanor CaseloadFelony Caseload
2012260,689177,25383,436
2013238,543158,43580,108
2014211,964141,04870,916
2015215,075146,39068,685
2016219,440148,82570,615

Superior Courts

The state's Superior Courts are the general jurisdiction courts for the state for both criminal and civil matters. They also have appellate jurisdiction over Town and City Courts. How they are organized varies by county. In most counties (except for 4) these Judges are elected into office for a six-year term. After that, they run to be selected on a Yes/No ballot. The types of cases resolved in these courts are tort cases, contract disputes, real property, small claims, probate, mental health, family and domestic relations, child support payment issues, divorce records,  marriage licenses, criminal offenses, juvenile delinquency, and traffic infractions. Many Superior Court trials use juries.

Circuit Courts

The state is split into 91 judicial districts with Circuit Courts to handle legal matters in each. Ohio and Dearborn counties share one Circuit courthouse and one judge. 115 Circuit judges decide cases in these courts. These Circuits have concurrent jurisdiction in their district and appellate jurisdiction over Town and City Courts. Voters elect judges into office for six-year terms. The types of cases handled in these courts are tort cases, small claims of up to $6,000, civil suits, probate, mental health cases, criminal, juvenile, traffic violations, real property cases, and domestic relations. Some cases use a jury, and others use just the judge to decide. These courts are like local county courts.

Town/Local Courts

Indiana state's Town and City Courts are limited jurisdiction courts for the state. They are based on the population and focus on local ordinance violations and misdemeanors. There are a total of 65 City and Town Courts in the entire state. Town Courts see a lot of traffic violations, misdemeanors, and other town ordinance issues. City Courts handle tort cases; contract disputes up to $3,000, small claims up to $6,000, misdemeanors and traffic violations. All matters resolved except for small claims use juries to decide a verdict. City and Town judges are elected into office by the voters for a four-year term.

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