Indiana Court of Appeals
|Indiana Court of Appeals|
|Method:||Commission-selection, political appointment|
Mark Bailey • John Baker • Nancy Vaidik • Margret Robb • Elaine Brown • Patricia A. Riley • Melissa May • Paul Mathias • Terry Crone • Michael Barnes • James Kirsch • Ezra Friedlander • Cale Bradford • Edward Najam • Rudolph Pyle III •
|Judge Mark Bailey||1998-2020||First District|
|Judge John Baker||1989-2022||First District|
|Judge Nancy Vaidik||2000-2022||Fifth District|
|Chief Judge Margret Robb||1998-2020||Fifth District|
|Judge Elaine Brown||2008-2020||Fifth District|
|Judge Patricia A. Riley||1994-2016||Fourth District||Gov. Evan Bayh|
|Judge Melissa May||1998-2020||Fourth District||Gov. Frank O'Bannon|
|Judge Paul Mathias||2002-2022||Third District|
|Judge Terry Crone||2004-2016||Third District|
|Judge Michael Barnes||2000-2022||Third District|
|Judge James Kirsch||1994-2016||Second District|
|Judge Ezra Friedlander||1993-2016||Second District||Gov. Evan Bayh|
|Judge Cale Bradford||2007-2020||Second District||Gov. Mitch Daniels|
|Judge Edward Najam||1992-2016||First District||Gov. Evan Bayh|
|Judge Rudolph Pyle III||2012-2016||Fourth District||Gov. Mitch Daniels|
Court of Appeals judges serve 10 year terms after retention election by the voters of their district. This retention election is held on the general election that occurs two years after their appointment. The mandatory age of retirement is 75.
The 15 members of the Indiana Court of Appeals represent five state districts:
- Three members come from the 1st District, which encompasses the southern third of the state;
- three come from the 2nd District, the middle third; and
- three come from the 3rd District, the northern third of Indiana.
Judges in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd districts stand for retention only in their districts. The judges representing the 4th and 5th districts stand for statewide retention elections.
|Indiana Court of Appeals Judges, from left to right, top row: Elaine Brown, Terry Crone, Melissa May, Paul Mathias, Margret Robb, Margret Robb, Michael Barnes, and Cale Bradford bottom row: Mark Bailey, James Kirsch, Edward Najam, John Baker, Ezra Friedlander, Nancy Vaidik, and Carr Darden|
The Court of Appeals hears appeals from the Indiana trial courts. It also handles appeals from some state government agencies, such as the Worker's Compensation Board, Department of Workforce Development, and Utility Regulatory Commission.
History of the court
The Indiana Appellate Court was created by the Indiana General Assembly by statute in 1891. It was originally created to be a temporary appellate court to handle overflow cases from the Indiana Supreme Court. The Appellate Court was not intended to be a permanent institution; the original statute specified that it would only exist for six years. But in 1897, the General Assembly voted to keep the court for another four years (due to the Supreme Court's increasing caseload), and then voted to make it permanent in 1901. It was at this point that the court began its function as an intermediate appellate court.
Judges on the court
The court was originally created with nine judges: one three-judge panel for three districts. The court was later expanded to fifteen judges (five districts, each with one three judge panel).
- In 1978, the 4th District was created, consisting of one judge from each of the first three districts.
- In 1991, a 5th District was added, also with judges from each of the first three districts. 
- About the Indiana Court of Appeals from the Indiana Judiciary website
- Press Release "Court of Appeals holds oral argument in Trinda Barocas v. State of Indiana at Ivy Tech Evansville" April 15, 2011
- Press Release "Court of Appeals holds oral argument in Estate of Bradley Kinser v. Indiana Insurance Company at Ivy Tech Lafayette" April 15, 2011
- Press Release "Court of Appeals holds oral argument in Justin Corwin v. State of Indiana at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana" April 12, 2011
- Press Release "Court of Appeals holds oral argument in Maurice Davis v. State of Indiana at Rochester High School" April 12, 2011
- Press Release "Court of Appeals holds oral argument in Harold York v. State of Indiana at Franklin College" April 8, 2011
- Press Release "Court of Appeals holds oral argument in Edward Godby v. State of Indiana at University of Southern Indiana - Evansville, Indiana" March 29, 2011
- Post-Tribune, "Appeals court decision a mixed bag for Lake Station", September 16, 2011
- News and Tribune.com, "Court of appeals affirms ruling on EMC contract breach", September 16, 2011