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How Does the Indiana Superior Court Work?

Indiana Superior Courts are trial courts that exercise general jurisdiction over criminal and civil matters heard in the state. Even though Superior Courts have general jurisdiction over all criminal and civil cases, the specific jurisdiction of these courts varies from county to county. In addition to this, Superior courts can also hear appeals from decisions reached by Indiana City and Town Courts. Some cases typically heard in Indiana Superior Courts are:

  • Felony and misdemeanor cases
  • Juvenile, mental health, and probate cases (These courts share jurisdiction with the Circuit Courts over these types of matters)
  • Civil cases, including general civil claims (In Marion County, small claims cases are heard by the county’s small claims courts)
  • Certain domestic relations cases

The Indiana court system has more than 200 Superior Court judges. In most counties, judges are elected in partisan elections. These judges serve six-year terms and may run for re-election as many times as possible until 75. Judges in the state of Indiana are statutorily required to retire at this age.

The following counties do not elect Superior Court judges in partisan elections:

  • Lake County and St. Joseph County - In these counties, interested applicants are selected by the county’s local nominating commission, and the state governor amongst the nominees appoints a judge. After the expiration of the first six-year term, judges who wish to remain in office must run in a retention election.
  • Vanderburgh County and Allen County - In these counties, Superior Court judges are elected in non-partisan elections. However, in Allen County, when there is a vacancy, three potential replacements are nominated by the Allen County Judicial Nominating Commission, and one of these nominees is then appointed by the state governor.

Generally, Superior Court judges must be licensed law practitioners residing in the county where the Superior Court is located. However, some counties may have additional requirements.

There is no fixed time limit for cases heard in Superior Courts. However, when a Superior Court judge issues a decision, it can be appealed to the Indiana Court of Appeals. Typically, parties that wish to appeal must initiate the process within a 30-day period beginning from when the sentence was issued. Appeals from criminal cases involving capital punishment or a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole are sent directly to the Indiana Supreme Court.

Interested parties that wish to access Indiana Superior Court case records may do so online by utilizing the Indiana court system’s case search website. This website allows members of the public search for court records by name, attorney, or case number.

Alternatively, copies of Indiana Superior Court records can also be obtained in person at the Superior Court Clerk’s office, where the case was filed and heard. Requesters may be required to pay a nominal fee before copies of court records can be obtained via this method.

Listed below are the addresses and contact information for Indiana Superior Courts:

Adams County Superior Court

122 S 3rd Street

Decatur, IN 46733

Phone: (260) 724–5309

Allen County Superior Court

715 S Calhoun Street

Rm 200A

Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Phone: (260) 449–7245

Bartholomew County Superior Court Nos. 1 & 2

234 Washington Street

P. O. Box 924

Columbus, IN 47201

Phone: (812) 379–1600

Blackford County Superior Court

110 W Washington Street

Hartford City, IN 47348

Phone: (765) 348–1130

Boone County Superior Court Nos. 1 & 2

212 Courthouse Square

Lebanon, IN 46052

Phone: (765) 482–3510

Carroll County Superior Court

101 W Main Street

Delphi, IN 46923

Phone: (765) 564–4485

Cass County Superior Court Nos. 1 & 2

200 Court Park

Rm 407

Logansport, IN 46947

Phone: (574) 753–7740

Clay County Superior Court

609 E National Avenue

Room 209

Brazil, IN 47834

Phone: (812) 448–9025

Clinton County Superior Court

265 Courthouse Square

Frankfort, IN 46041

Phone: (765) 659–6335

Daviess County Superior Court

200 E Walnut Street

P. O. Box 739

Washington, IN 47501

Phone: (812) 254–8664

Dearborn County Superior Court Nos. 1 & 2

165 Mary Street

Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Phone: (812) 537–8877

Decatur County Superior Court

150 Courthouse Square

Room 244

Greensburg, IN 47240

Phone: (812) 663–8223

DeKalb County Superior Court Nos. 1 & 2

100 S Main Street

P. O. Box 230

Auburn, IN 46706

Phone: (260) 925–0912

Dubois County Superior Court

One Courthouse Square

Jasper, IN 47546

Phone: (812) 481–7035

Elkhart County Superior Courts 1, 2, 5 & 6

Elkhart Courts Building

315 S 2nd Street

Elkhart, IN 46516

Phone: (574) 523–2233 (Courts 1 & 2)

Phone: (574) 523–2305 (Court 5)

Phone: (574) 523–2339 (Court 6)

Elkhart County Superior Courts 3 & 4

Goshen Courthouse

101 N Main Street

Goshen, IN 46526

Phone: (574) 535–6437 (Court 3)

Phone: (574) 535–6494 (Court 4)

Phone: (574) 535–6407 (Court 4 - Traffic Tickets)

Fayette County Superior Court

401 N Central Avenue

Connersville, IN 47331

Phone: (765) 825–1813

Floyd County Superior Court Nos. 1, 2 & 3

311 Hauss Square

Rm 235

New Albany, IN 47150

Phone: (812) 948–5411

Fulton County Superior Court

815 Main Street

Rochester, IN 46975

Phone: (574) 223–4824

Gibson County Superior Court

101 N Main Street

Princeton, IN 47670

Phone: (812) 386–6474

Grant County Superior Court Nos. 1, 2 & 3

101 E 4th Street

Marion, IN 46952

Phone: (765) 668–8121

Greene County Superior Court

1 Main Street

Bloomfield, IN 47424

Phone: (812) 384–8532

Hamilton County Superior Court Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

1 Hamilton County Square

Room 106

Noblesville, IN 46060

Phone: (317) 776–9629

Hancock County Superior Court Nos. 1 & 2

9 E Main Street

Room 213

Greenfield, IN 46140

Phone: (317) 477–1109

Harrison County Superior Court 1

1445 Gardner Lane NW

Room 3126

Corydon, IN 47112

Phone: (812) 738–8149

Harrison County Superior Court 2

300 N Capitol Ave

Room 203

Corydon, IN 47112

Phone: (812) 738–4289

Hendricks County Superior Court Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

51 W Main Street

Room 204

Danville, IN 46122

Phone: (317) 745–9231

Howard County Superior Court Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 4

104 N Buckeye Street

Room 114

Kokomo, IN 46901

Phone: (765) 456–2204

Huntington County Superior Court

201 N Jefferson Street

Huntington, IN 46750

Phone: (260) 358–4817

Jackson County Superior Court I

1420 Corporate Way

P. O. Box 788

Seymour, IN 47274

Phone: (812) 522–9676

Jackson County Superior Court II

220 E Walnut Street

P. O. Box 318

Brownstown, IN 47220

Phone: (812) 358–6807

Jasper County Superior Court

115 W Washington Street

Room 204

Rensselaer, IN 47978

Phone: (219) 866–4926

Jay County Superior Court

120 N Court Street

Portland, IN 47371

Phone: (260) 726–4951

Jefferson County Superior Court

300 E Main Street

Room 203

Madison, IN 47250

Phone: (812) 265–8922

Jennings County Superior Court

24 N Pike Street

P. O. Box 385

Vernon, IN 47282

Phone: (812) 352–3070

Johnson County Superior Court Nos. 1, 2, 3 & 4

5 E Jefferson Street

P. O. Box 368

Franklin, IN 46131

Phone: (317) 346–4450

Knox County Superior Court Nos. 1 & 2

111 N 7th Street

Vincennes, IN 47591

Phone: (812) 885–2521

Kosciusko County Superior Court Nos. 1, 2 & 3

121 N Lake Street

Warsaw, IN 46580

Phone: (574) 372–2331

La Porte County Superior Court Nos. 1, 2 & 4

300 Washington Street

Michigan City, IN 46360

Phone: (219) 874–5611 ext. 2385

La Porte County Superior Court No. 3

813 Lincolnway

Room 105

La Porte, IN 46350

Phone: (219) 326–6808

Lagrange County Superior Court

105 N Detroit Street

LaGrange, IN 46761

Phone: (260) 499–6368

Lake County Superior Court - Crown Point

Lake County Government Complex

2293 N Main Street

Crown Point, IN 46307

Phone: (219) 755–3460

(Superior Court Civil Division Rooms 6 and 7, Superior Court County Division Rooms 1 to 3, and Superior Court Criminal Division Rooms 1 to 4 are at this location)

Lake County Superior Court - East Chicago

3711 Main Street

East Chicago, IN 46312

Phone: (219) 398–2442

(Superior Court Civil Division Room 2 is at this location)

Lake County Superior Court - Gary

Justice Robert D. Rucker Superior Courthouse

15 W Fourth Avenue

Gary, IN 46402

Phone: (219) 881–6065

(Superior Court Civil Division Rooms 3 and 4 are at this location)

Lake County Superior Court - Hammond

232 Russell Street

Hammond, IN 46320

Phone: (219) 933–2857

(Superior Court Civil Division Rooms 1 and 5, and Superior Court County Division Room 4 are at this location)

Lake County Superior Court - Juvenile Division

Lake County Juvenile Justice Complex

3000 W 93rd Avenue

Crown Point, IN 46307

Phone: (219) 755–3460

Lawrence County Superior Court

Lawrence County Courthouse

916 15th Street

Rm 31

Bedford, IN 47421

Phone: (812) 275–7543

Marion County Superior Court

City-County Building

200 E Washington Street

Suite W122

Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: (317) 327–4740

Marion County Superior Court - Juvenile Division

Juvenile Justice Complex

2451 N Keystone Avenue

Indianapolis, IN 46218

Phone: (317) 327–8381

Marion County Superior Court - Traffic Court

8115 E. Washington Street

Indianapolis, IN 46219

Phone: (317) 327–7995

(Parties that wish to contact this court are advised to do so via email if they are unable to connect with the telephone contact)

Marshall County Superior Court Nos. 1 & 2

211 W Madison Street

Plymouth, IN 46563

Phone: (574) 936–8922

Miami County Superior Court

25 N Broadway

Room 208

Peru, IN 46970

Phone: (765) 472–3901

Montgomery County Superior Court Nos. 1 & 2

100 E Main Street

Room 203

Crawfordsville, IN 47933

Phone: (765) 364–6430

Morgan County Superior Court No. 1, 2 & 3

10 E Washington Street

Martinsville, IN 46151

Phone: (765) 342–1025

Newton County Superior Court

201 N 3rd Street

P. O. Box 49

Kentland, IN 47951

Phone: 888–663–9866 ext. 1100

Noble County Superior Court Divisions 1 & 2

101 N Orange Street

Albion, IN 46701

Phone: (260) 636–2736

Orange County Superior Court

205 E Main Street

Paoli, IN 47454

Phone: (812) 723–3322

Porter County Superior Courts 1, 2, and 5 - Superior Division - Valparaiso

Porter County Courthouse

16 Lincolnway

Room 209

Valparaiso, IN 46383

Phone: (219) 465–3450

(This location handles civil, criminal, family, and probate cases)

Porter County Superior Court 3 and 6 - County Division - Portage

North County Complex

3560 Willowcreek Road

Portage, IN 46368

Phone: (219) 759–8212

Phone: (219) 465–3413 (Traffic)

(This location handles small claims, criminal, ordinance violation, and infraction cases)

Porter County Superior Court 4 - County Division - Valparaiso

Porter County Courthouse

16 Lincolnway

Room 209

Valparaiso, IN 46383

Phone: (219) 465–3450

(This location handles small claims, criminal, ordinance violation, and infraction cases)

Posey County Superior Court

126 E 3rd Street

P. O. Box 606

Mount Vernon, IN 47620

Phone: (812) 838–8369

Pulaski County Superior Court

112 E Main Street

Room 230

Winamac, IN 46996

Phone: (574) 946–3313

Putnam County Superior Court

Putnam County Courthouse

One Courthouse Square

Room 23

P. O. Box 546

Greencastle, IN 46135

Phone: (765) 653–2648

Randolph County Superior Court

100 S Main Street

P. O. Box 230

Winchester, IN 47394

Phone: (765) 584–7207

Ripley County Superior Court

Ripley County Courthouse

115 N Main Street

P. O. Box 177

Versailles, IN 47042

Phone: (812) 689–6115

Rush County Superior Court

Rush County Courthouse

101 E 2nd Street

Room 209

Rushville, IN 46173

Phone: (765) 932–2086

Phone: (765) 932–5451 (Traffic, Small Claims)

Scott County Superior Court

1 E McClain Avenue

Room 252

Scottsburg, IN 47170

Phone: (812) 752–8424

Shelby County Superior Court Nos. 1 & 2

407 S Harrison Street

Room 111

Shelbyville, IN 46176

Phone: (317) 392–6320

St. Joseph County Superior Court - Civil Division

Courthouse 1

101 S Main Street

South Bend, IN 46601

Phone: (574) 235–9648

(This location also conducts traffic and misdemeanor bench trials)

St. Joseph County Superior Court - Criminal Division

Courthouse 3

129 S Main Street

South Bend, IN 46601

Phone: (574) 235–5485 (Superior 1)

Phone: (574) 235–5484 (Superior 2 and 8)

Phone: (574) 235–9881 (Superior 3)

St. Joseph County Superior Court - Mishawaka

County Services Building

219 Lincoln Way W

Mishawaka, IN 46544

Phone: (574) 256–6202 (Civil)

Phone: (574) 256–6215 (Small Claims)

Phone: (574) 256–6330 (Traffic Violations Bureau)

St. Joseph County Superior Court - Traffic, Misdemeanor, and Small Claims Divisions

Courthouse 2

112 S Lafayette Blvd

South Bend, IN 46601

Phone: (574) 235–9794 (Small Claims)

Phone: (574) 235–9100 (Misdemeanor)

Steuben County Superior Court

55 S Public Square

Angola, IN 46703

Phone: (260) 668–1000 ext. 2240

Sullivan County Superior Court

100 Courthouse Square

P. O. Box 370

Sullivan, IN 47882

Phone: (812) 268–4657

Tippecanoe County Superior Court Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

301 Main Street

P. O. Box 1665

Lafayette, IN 47902

Phone: (765) 423–9326

(Court No. 3 handles juvenile matters)

Vanderburgh County Superior Court

Civic Center Complex Courts Building

825 Sycamore Street

Room 216

P. O. Box 3356

Evansville, IN 47732

Phone: (812) 435–5160

Vigo County Superior Court Divisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

33 S 3rd Street

Terre Haute, IN 47807

Phone: (812) 462–3211

Wabash County Superior Court

69 W Hill Street

Wabash, IN 46992

Phone: (260) 563–0661

Warrick County Superior Court Nos. 1 & 2

One County Square

Room 200

Boonville, IN 47601

Phone: (812) 897–6160

Washington County Superior Court

801 S Jackson Street

Room 102

Salem, IN 47167

Phone: (812) 883–5748

Wayne County Superior Court Nos. 1, 2 & 3

301 E Main Street

Richmond, IN 47374

Phone: (765) 973–9220

(Court No. 3 handles all small claims and traffic cases)

Wells County Superior Court

102 W Market Street

Room 201

Bluffton, IN 46714

Phone: (260) 824–6483

White County Superior Court

White County Government Center

110 N Main Street

P. O. Box 350

Monticello, IN 47960

Phone: (574) 583–7032

Whitley County Superior Court

101 W Van Buren Street

Room 10

Columbia City, IN 46725

Phone: (260) 248–3102

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