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Indiana Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.


Indiana Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Ind. Const.)
    See also an alternative-format version at the Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington.

  2. Bills

    See also the Indiana General Assembly web site.
  3. Acts, Indiana (Ind. Acts)

    These are huge PDF files requiring several minutes to be downloaded. See also links to Indiana non-code acts.
  4. Indiana Code (Ind. Code)

    See also uniform laws and interstate compacts.


Indiana Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules • Rules of Procedure
    See the main page for Indiana court rules for links to recent amendments.
  2. Local Court Rules • U.S. Court Rules
  3. Rules of Practice • Judicial Rules
    See the main page for Indiana court rules for recent amendments.
  4. Additional Resources
    ¶ U.S. District Court for the Southern District: Attorney’s Handbook … This is provided as a supplement to the court’s local rules, to assist attorneys and litigants in dealing with the administrative requirements of the court and the clerk’s office. The scope is limited to civil matters.
    ¶ U.S. District Court for the Southern District: Jury Service Information … Designed to acquaint jurors with the general nature and requirements of jury service, this handbook offers an overview of the trial process, identifies the judges of the court, and offers specific information about jury service.
    ¶ U.S. District Court for the Southern District: Video Evidence Presentation System: Attorney’s Guide … This system (dubbed VEPS) is a mobile, self-contained workstation that provides video sources (document camera, VCR, and others), video switching and distribution devices, and outputs that can be connected to monitors or projectors in the courtroom, to effectively manage the visual presentation of evidence from a variety of sources.


Indiana Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
    1. Indiana Administrative Code (Ind. Admin. Code)
    2. Indiana Register (Ind. Reg.)
      Each volume covers 12 months from October through the following September.

  2. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  3. Attorney General Opinions


Indiana Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Code Publishing Co.
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    Indiana Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Indiana law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Federal Communications Law Journal (Fed. Comm. L.J.) … [Ind. Univ. Law Sch.]
    2. Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (Ind. J. Global Legal Stud.)
    3. Indiana Law Journal (Ind. L.J.) … [Indiana Univ. Sch. of Law, Bloomington]


    Other Indiana Commentary


    Indiana Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Indiana Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
    2. Addresses • Names • Numbers
    3. State courts and related agencies


    Indiana Forms

    1. Court Forms
    2. State Forms
    3. Indiana State Forms Project … Selected forms in PDF files.
    4. Revenue Department: Tax Forms … Selected forms in PDF files.
    5. Secretary of State: Forms … Most of these forms are in PDF files, and some can be filled-in on-line.
    6. Business Entity Forms … [Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other Indiana Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education
    5. Consulate General of Canada in Detroit … Canadian consular services for Indiana residents.

    6. Consulate General of Mexico in Indianapolis • Consulado General de México en Indianapolis


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Allen County Bar Association Law Library … The bar association maintains a law library, but it is not open to the public.

    3. Indiana Legal Information … [Indiana Legal Services]

    4. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Indiana Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Indiana law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Indiana.

    5. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. Indiana Legal Services … “Indiana Legal Services (ILS) is a nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to eligible low-income people throughout the state of Indiana. ILS helps clients who are faced with legal problems that harm their ability to have such basics as food, shelter, income, medical care or personal safety. Most of the cases ILS handles are cases such as family law where there is domestic violence, housing, consumer law, access to health care, and access to government benefits. ILS does not handle any criminal matters.”
      2. Indiana Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      3. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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