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Monday, June 09, 2014

Ind. Courts - Indiana Supreme Court Arguments Are Being Set in September

Commentary by Joel Schumm, professor at Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law

The Indiana Supreme Court has filled its oral argument calendar through June and is now setting cases for argument in September. (As in prior years, it appears the justices will not hear arguments in July and August.)

Since this March 3 post, which analyzed oral arguments scheduled through April of this year, 29 new cases have been scheduled for oral argument.

THU, SEP 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM State of Indiana v. Michael Cunningham FP Pending
THU, SEP 18, 2014 at 9:45 AM Rodregus Morgan v. State of Indiana FP Granted
THU, SEP 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM Jason Young v. Hood's Gardens, Inc. FP Granted
THU, SEP 4, 2014 at 10:30 AM Shawn Blount v. State of Indiana FP Granted
THU, SEP 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM Ruben Rosales v. State of Indiana FP Granted
THU, SEP 4, 2014 at 9:00 AM Gregory Zoeller, et al. v. James Sweeney, et al. Direct Appeal (unconst statute)
THU, JUN 26, 2014 at 10:30 AM Scott F. Logan v. State of Indiana NFP Granted
THU, JUN 26, 2014 at 9:45 AM Jonathan D. Carpenter v. State of Indiana FP Granted
THU, JUN 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM Charles R. Stephenson v. State of Indiana Direct Appeal (LWOP)
TUE, JUN 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM Joseph Buelna v. State of Indiana NFP Granted
TUE, JUN 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM Wellpoint, Inc., et al v. National Fire Insurance, et al NFP Granted
THU, JUN 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM Jeffrey A. Cleary v. State of Indiana FP Granted
THU, JUN 12, 2014 at 9:45 AM Barbara Pohl v. Michael Pohl FP Granted
THU, JUN 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM Indiana Patient's Compensation Fund v. Judy Holcomb FP Granted
THU, MAY 29, 2014 at 10:30 AM Kevin Charles Isom v. State of Indiana Direct Appeal (death penalty)
THU, MAY 29, 2014 at 9:45 AM Old National Bankcorp v. Hanover College FP Granted
THU, MAY 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM State of Indiana v. Molly Gray FP Granted
THU, MAY 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM State of Indiana v. Frank Greene FP Granted
THU, MAY 22, 2014 at 9:45 AM Twin Lakes Regional Sewer District v. Richard C. Ray, et al. 56(A) -
THU, MAY 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM Indiana State Ethics Commission v. Patricia Sanchez FP Granted
THU, MAY 15, 2014 at 10:30 AM Frank Jacobs v. State of Indiana FP Granted
THU, MAY 15, 2014 at 9:45 AM Tin Thang v. State of Indiana FP Granted
THU, MAY 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM TP Orthodontics, Inc. v. Andrew Kesling, et al. FP Pending
THU, MAY 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM John Luttrell v. Melinda Luttrell FP Pending
THU, MAY 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM Evansville Courier and Press, et al v. Vanderburgh County Health FP Granted
THU, MAY 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM Jerry A. Smith v. State of Indiana FP Pending
THU, MAY 1, 2014 at 9:45 AM Natural Resources Defense Council v. Poet Biorefining, et al FP Pending
THU, MAY 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM First American Title Insurance Company v. Stephen Robertson, et al. FP Granted
THU, APR 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM Seth A. Miller v. State of Indiana FP Pending

Four of these cases are direct appeals to the supreme court. The supreme court has jurisdiction to hear death penalty, life without parole, and cases in which a statute has been declared unconstitutional. In addition, the court occasionally grants emergency transfer under Appellate Rule 56(A), allowing parties to bypass the court of appeals and have their appeal decided by the supreme court instead.

Of the remaining 25 cases before the supreme court on petitions to transfer:

31% of cases decided this year not scheduled for oral argument

So far this year the Indiana Supreme Court has issued opinions in 14 cases without scheduling oral argument. The cases from the first quarter are discussed in this April 11 post about criminal cases and this April 28 post about civil cases.

Since April 1, the Indiana Supreme Court has decided 40% (4/10) of its criminal cases without hearing oral argument.

The court also decided 20% (2/10) of its civil cases without argument. Combining these cases with the ones issued in the first quarter, the court decided 32% (6/19) of criminal cases and 31% (8/26) of civil cases without hearing oral argument.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 9, 2014 12:00 PM
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