Supreme Court of Indiana Decisions

Article 7 of the Indiana Constitution provides the authority for the Indiana Supreme Court, which consists of five justices. The Indiana General Assembly may increase the size of the Court to nine justices. The Court reviews direct appeals of cases in which the defendant was sentenced to death or life in prison, as well as cases in which a trial court has determined that a statute is unconstitutional. The Court also reviews decisions by the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Indiana Tax Court, and it can review sentencing decisions in lower courts. It holds exclusive jurisdiction over matters related to the legal profession in Indiana, such as sanctions issued to lawyers and judges. The Court also holds exclusive jurisdiction over certain other matters, such as post-conviction relief in cases involving a death sentence.

When a new justice needs to be chosen, the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will provide the Governor of Indiana with a list of three nominees. To be eligible for consideration, a candidate must have practiced law in Indiana for at least 10 years or have served as a trial court judge for at least five years. The Commission uses guidelines provided in Public Law 427 to develop the list. The Governor then has 60 days to choose the new justice. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will choose the new justice if the Governor fails to decide within 60 days. Each justice must go through a retention election in the first general election after two years have passed since their appointment. If they secure retention, they will serve a full 10-year term before seeking retention again. Each justice must retire when they reach the age of 75.

The Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court serves a renewable five-year term. The Judicial Nominating Commission fills this position as well. If there is a vacancy, the most senior justice currently serving on the Court will become the Acting Chief Justice until the appointment of a new Chief Justice.

Browse Opinions From the Supreme Court of Indiana

Recent Decisions From the Supreme Court of Indiana
City Of Gary v. Jeff Nicholson, et al.
Date: July 21, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-MI-00252
National Collegiate Athletic Ass'n v. Finnerty  
Date: July 19, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-CT-00409

Justia Opinion Summary: In this interlocutory appeal the Supreme Court declined to adopt the apex doctrine, which can prevent parties from deposing top-level corporate executives absent the requesting party making certain initial showings,…

Miller v. State  
Date: June 29, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-CR-00059

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions of six offenses, including unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon in violation of Ind. Code 35-50-2-8, holding that none of Defendant's allegations…

State v. Neukam  
Date: June 23, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-CR-00567

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court against the State on the State's delinquency petition that it filed against Anthony Neukam, holding that neither the juvenile court nor the circuit court had…

Church v. State  
Date: June 23, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-CR-00201

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court declining to allow Defendant, who was charged with several counts of child molesting, from deposing the child victim under the recently-enacted Ind. Code…

Parks v. Illinois Casualty Co.  
Date: June 16, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-PL-00008

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court granting summary judgment for Illinois Casualty Company in this declaratory judgment action, holding that a liquor liability exclusion in the relevant policy…

Bruder v. Seneca Mortgage Services, LLC  
Date: June 14, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-PL-00195

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court in favor of Seneca Mortgage Services after finding that Neal Bruder breached the parties' consulting agreement by failing to pay the consultant's fee, holding…

In re Commitment of E.F.  
Date: June 13, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-MH-00194

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of a panel of the court of appeals dismissing an appeal in this temporary commitment case on the grounds that the appeal was moot, holding that "public interest exception" to…

Holcomb v. Bray  
Date: June 3, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-PL-00518

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed in part and affirmed in part the order of the trial court finding that HEA-1123 is constitutional, holding that Governor Eric J. Holcomb was not procedurally barred from seeking declaratory…

Fix v. State  
Date: May 16, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-CR-00007

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for level-2 felony burglary while armed with a deadly weapon but reversed his sentence, holding that the length of Defendant's aggregate sentence exceeded the consecutive…

Strack v. State  
Date: May 2, 2022
Docket Number: 22S-CR-00137

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's sentence imposed in connection with his plea of guilty to four charges, including operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of marijuana, holding that any error was…

Ramirez v. State  
Date: April 27, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-CR-00373

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction of one count of felony child molestation, holding that the trial court denied Defendant's requests for a continuance. An impermissible local rule and an improperly…

In the Matter of Jared Michel Thomas
Date: April 21, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-DI-00016
Community Health Network, Inc. v. McKenzie  
Date: April 13, 2022
Docket Number: 20S-CT-00648

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case where an employee of a health-care provider improperly accessed and disclosed information from numerous patients' medical records the Supreme Court held that the health-care provider was not liable.…

ResCare Health Services Inc. v. Indiana Family & Social Services Administration  
Date: April 5, 2022
Docket Number: 21S-MI-00372

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the trial court denying ResCare Health Service's request for a declaratory judgment, holding that ResCare sufficiently pleaded its declaratory judgment request. ResCare, which…

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