Indiana Supreme Court issues one opinion from May 1-7

The Indiana Supreme Court issued one opinion from May 1-7. As of May 7, the court issued 15 opinions in 2023 — 12 fewer than this point a year ago. The one opinion is below: 

  • Davis v. State, where the court “dismissed Appellant’s appeal of his sentence, holding that Appellant’s written plea agreement with the State unambiguously waived his right to appeal his sentence.” 

From May 1-7, state supreme courts issued 156 opinions nationally. The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued the most with 22. State supreme courts in Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, and South Dakota issued the fewest with zero. Courts where judges are elected have issued 91 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 65.

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 2,357 opinions in 2023. Courts where judges are elected have issued 1,315 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 1,042. Indiana is a Republican trifecta, meaning Republicans control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.

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