Indiana Supreme Court issues two opinions from March 20-26

The Indiana Supreme Court issued two opinions from March 20-26. As of March 26, the court issued 13 opinions in 2023 — eight fewer than this point a year ago. The two opinions are below:

  • Decker v. Star Financial Group Inc., where the court “reversed the judgment of the trial court granting a motion to compel arbitration brought by Defendant Star Financial Group, Inc. in this class-action complaint alleging that Defendant collected improper overdraft fees, holding that Plaintiffs’ account agreement did not allow Defendant to add an addendum to the terms and conditions of the account agreement.”
  • Conroad Associates, L.P. v. Castleton Corner Owners Ass’n, where the court applied Appellate Rule 8 and held that the trial court lacked jurisdiction to issue two orders because each interfered with the subject matter of a pending appeal.

From March 20-26, state supreme courts issued 125 opinions nationally. The Kentucky Supreme Court issued the most with 25. State supreme courts in 22 states issued the fewest with zero. Courts where judges are elected have issued 78 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 47.

The Indiana Supreme Court is the state’s court of last resort and has five judgeships. The current chief of the court is Loretta H. Rush. The court issued 44 opinions in 2022 and 50 in 2021. Nationally, state supreme courts issued 7,423 opinions in 2022 and 8,320 in 2021. The courts have issued 1,491 opinions in 2023. Courts where judges are elected have issued 807 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 684. Indiana is a Republican trifecta, meaning Republicans control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.

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