Circuit & Superior Courts

Court Update:

FOR SUPERIOR COURT: CRIMINAL, EVICTION & SMALL CLAIM CASES ONLY:

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1,2022:  All court hearings will be held in the courtroom and all parties must appear in person.  Due to the limited size of the Superior Courtroom, only the parties and witnesses will be allowed inside the courtroom.  

EXCEPTIONS:  The following hearings will be held remotely:

1. Initial hearings for inmates 

2. Hearings with inmates who are being housed outside of Jefferson County

Hearings may be viewed via the remote proceedings link below.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, public access to the Circuit Courtroom is currently limited.  To allow for public access, the Supreme Court has authorized trial courts to live-stream proceedings that are open to the public.  Live proceedings may not be recorded, reproduced or published in any manner pursuant to Ind. Judicial Conduct Rule 2.17.  A violation of this provision may result in contempt proceedings which could result in a fine, imprisonment, or a combination of the two.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE PROCEEDINGS

Court Cases

The Courts exclusively handle the following types of cases, although there are occasionally exceptions:

Circuit Court

  • Criminal, involving Murder and Level 1-4 felonies
  • Child in Need of Services (CHINS)
  • Juvenile
  • Mental Health
  • Probate
  • Paternity
  • cases for which the Prosecuting Attorney's IV-D office (child support) has entered an appearance

Superior Court

  • Criminal, involving misdemeanor and Level 5-6 felonies
  • Small Claims
  • Eviction, where the damages alleged are $10,000.00 or less
  • Infractions (traffic and other non-criminal offenses)
  • Cases committed to Drug Court

All other case types may be filed in either Court. 

For more information about caseload allocation, see the link for the Local Rules and navigate to LR 39-AR-1-AD-7.

Note

Court staff are not permitted or qualified to give legal advice nor answer most questions.

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