Indiana Court of Appeals

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The Indiana Court of Appeals is the intermediate-level appellate court for the state of Indiana. It is the successor to the Indiana Appellate Court.


The Indiana Appellate Court was created by the Indiana General Assembly by statute in 1891. It was originally created to be a temporary appellate court to handle overflow cases from the Indiana Supreme Court. The Appellate Court was not intended to be a permanent institution; the original statute specified that it would only exist for six years. But in 1897, the General Assembly voted to keep the court for another four years (due to the Supreme Court's increasing caseload), and then voted to make it permanent in 1901. It was at this point that the court began its function as an intermediate appellate court.[1]

In 1970, the Constitution of Indiana was amended to create the current Indiana Court of Appeals. The court began hearing cases on January 1, 1972.[1]


The Court of Appeals hears appeals from the Indiana trial courts, including some interlocutory appeals. It also handles appeals from some state government agencies, such as the Worker's Compensation Board, Department of Workforce Development, and Utility Regulatory Commission. Though the Court of Appeals judges represent different districts within Indiana, each panel of judges has statewide jurisdiction.[1]


The court was originally created with nine judges: one three-judge panel for each of three districts. The court was later expanded to fifteen judges (five districts, each with one three judge panel).[1]

Sitting judgesEdit

Names in bold are the presiding judges of their district, while italic font is used to designate the court's chief judge.[2]

First District Second District Third District Fourth District Fifth District
L. Mark Bailey

January 1, 1998

Cale J. Bradford

August 1, 2007

Elizabeth F. Tavitas

August 6, 2018

Melissa S. May

April 9, 1998

Elaine B. Brown

May 7, 2008

Edward W. Najam

December 30, 1992

James S. Kirsch

March 4, 1994

Paul D. Mathias

April 1, 2000

Patricia A. Riley

January 1, 1994

Margret G. Robb

July 16, 1998

Leanna K. Weissmann

September 14, 2020

Robert R. Altice

September 2, 2015

Terry A. Crone

March 8, 2004

Rudolph R. Pyle III

August 27, 2012

Nancy H. Vaidik

February 7, 2000

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Appellate Courts: Indiana Court of Appeals". State of Indiana. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  2. ^ "Judges of the Court of Appeals". State of Indiana. Retrieved July 30, 2017.

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