Courts in the Classroom
Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn
Public History and
2011 Outstanding Public
History Project Award
from the National Council
on Public History
Which Indiana Supreme Court Justices have served the longest terms on the bench? Which Justice have served the shortest terms?
Access biographies and pictures (if available) of all Supreme Court Justices and Court of Appeals and Tax Court Judges who have serve since each court was established.
Learn about the hard work and leadership of pioneering Hoosier females. Each have made significant "Indiana Firsts" in the field of law.
View informational slides about the experiences of Spanish-speaking people in Indiana's Courts and what is being done to accommodate their needs to ensure justice for all.
Learn about the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Indiana. In addition, learn about instructional materials available for free or at low cost to Indiana teachers for use in the classroom.
Learn about Indiana's past and present traffic laws, including famous speeding ticket stories, Indiana's first license plate, and nationwide speed limit laws.
Read and learn about the 15th, 19th and 26th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. These amendments granted African-Americans and women the right to vote in addition to lowering the voting age.
The Supreme Court courtroom has undergone extensive restoration in recent years. This website details the restoration of the Courtroom's brass chandelier, which is original to the building and has been lighting the courtroom for more than 100 years.
View 360-degree virtual tours of Indiana courthouses through interactive imaging, look through still photographs of interior and exterior views of each courthouse, and learn about the courthouse history.
View historic county courthouse postcards depicting Indiana's historic courthouses from eras past, including courthouses that no longer stand today.
From the earliest days of Indiana's statehood to the present, the legal profession and the legislature have been closely intertwined. Learn about Indiana legislators from throughout our state's history who have also been lawyers.
Learn about the life and career of Justice John Vestal Hadley, including important documents, images, and excerpts from his book, Seven Months a Prisoner, which was inspiration for the novel and subsequent film, Cold Mountain.
View a slideshow of photographs from ceremonies in which Supreme Court Justices were sworn into office, including the five current Supreme Court Justices and others dating back to 1949.
The Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Historical Bureau are collaborating on a major project to gather in one place copies of original documents and research materials relating to Indiana's constitutional history. Learn more and search the collection online.
The Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana State Library have collaborated on the creation of an online exhibit showcasing photographs and bibliographic information for manuscript collections by Indiana lawyers and judges held at the State Library.
Search Supreme Court case archives spanning 1817 to approximately 1880; additional case details and eventually later cases will be added over time.
Read articles that focus on the history of a special facet of the judiciary in Indiana.