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
Dolsen v. Veoride, Inc.  
Date: July 2, 2024
Docket Number: 24S-CT-00225

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2020, a fire broke out at a warehouse in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Richard Dolsen, a professional firefighter, responded to the scene. While navigating through the smoke-filled, dark warehouse, Dolsen fell through an…

Foster v. First Merchants Bank, N.A.  
Date: June 27, 2024
Docket Number: 24S-PL-00075

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a dispute between Treslong Dairy, LLC, First Merchants Bank, the Earl Goodwine Trust, and Jeffrey and Kathie Foster. Treslong Dairy had executed promissory notes with all parties, granting them…

Hancz-Barron v. State  
Date: June 26, 2024
Docket Number: 22S-LW-00310

Justia Opinion Summary: In June 2021, Cohen Hancz-Barron was living with his on-and-off girlfriend, Sarah Zent, and her three young children in Fort Wayne, Indiana. On the morning of June 2, Hancz-Barron drove away in a neighbor's truck, and…

Grimes v. State of Indiana  
Date: June 26, 2024
Docket Number: 24S-CR-00217

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant, William R. Grimes, was charged with multiple crimes following a violent altercation with Matthew Pirtle. Grimes requested a speedy trial under Criminal Rule 4, which was granted by the court. However, due…

B. K. v. State of Indiana  
Date: June 18, 2024
Docket Number: 23S-JV-00344

Justia Opinion Summary: In the summer of 2022, two cousins, 17-year-old B.K. and 15-year-old S.K., visiting from Illinois, threw stolen fireworks into a Costco trash bin, causing a fire that resulted in property damage. The juveniles admitted…

Illinois Casualty Co. v. Burciaga  
Date: June 10, 2024
Docket Number: 23S-PL-00180

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Illinois Casualty Company (ICC) and thirty-three models who contested whether arbitration was appropriate based on the assignment of several business insurance policies that ICC issued to B&S of Fort…

Russell v. State of Indiana  
Date: June 3, 2024
Docket Number: 21S-LW-00451

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, Jerry E. Russell Sr. was convicted of the murder of Pamela Foddrill, along with other crimes, and was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole (LWOP) plus 120 years. Russell appealed his sentence, which…

City of Carmel v. Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission  
Date: May 30, 2024
Docket Number: 23S-EX-00129

Justia Opinion Summary: The City of Carmel, Indiana, enacted two ordinances in 2019, one prohibiting the construction of above-ground utility lines unless authorized by the city, and another outlining procedures for relocating utility…

Duke Energy Indiana LLC v. City of Noblesville  
Date: May 30, 2024
Docket Number: 23S-PL-00130

Justia Opinion Summary: Duke Energy Indiana, a regulated electric utility, planned to build new facilities in Noblesville, Indiana, to meet increased customer demand. The project involved demolishing an abandoned house and garage and…

Red Lobster Restaurants, LLC v. Fricke  
Date: May 21, 2024
Docket Number: 23S-CT-00304

Justia Opinion Summary: Abigail Fricke filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition, which required her to disclose all her assets, including any lawsuits. Three years later, she filed a lawsuit against Red Lobster, alleging she was injured due to…

In the Matter of Scott A Norrick
Date: May 17, 2024
Docket Number: 24S-JD-00035
Bojko v. Anonymous Physician  
Date: May 9, 2024
Docket Number: 23S-CT-00343

Justia Opinion Summary: Six patients filed medical malpractice actions against the estate and practice of a deceased physician, alleging that the physician breached the standard of care. The patients submitted various materials to medical…

Cosme v. Warfield  
Date: May 6, 2024
Docket Number: 24S-CT-00159

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves an insurance claim filed by Christine and Roy Cosme after their insurer, Erie Insurance Exchange, cancelled their automobile insurance policy. The policy listed their son, Broyce Cosme, as a driver. The…

Lane v. State of Indiana  
Date: May 2, 2024
Docket Number: 24S-CR-00150

Justia Opinion Summary: Dustin Lane, a defendant with a history of violent offenses, was serving a prison sentence for domestic battery against his ex-wife, A.N., when he violated a no-contact order by sending her ten letters. These letters,…

Smith v. State of Indiana  
Date: April 30, 2024
Docket Number: 23S-MI-00345

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a civil forfeiture action initiated by the State of Indiana against $11,180 found during a search of Dylan Williams's apartment. Williams did not respond to the State's complaint, but his aunt, Angela…

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