Indiana

Indiana in the United States

Legal Materials

The Indiana Constitution, Indiana Code, Administrative Code, bills and session laws (“Acts”), and Register (including regulations, executive orders and attorney general opinions) are all available through the General Assembly web site.

A directory of Indiana government agencies is available on In.gov.

The Indiana Law Encyclopedia provides a detailed discussion of Indiana legal topics. The Encyclopedia is available on Westlaw (IN-ENC). You can search the Encyclopediaalong with a other Indiana practice treatises using Westlaw’s INPRACLIB database.

Bill Status: To check on the status of pending bills, go to: the General Assembly web site and choose Bills & Resolutions > Complete Information for All Bills. For questions, call the Legislative Information Center at 317-232-9856.

Legislative History: Legislative history materials including are available in theSession Archives starting in 2000. You can find Fiscal Impact Statements, Committee Reports and other Committee materials clicking on the “Bills and Resolutions” and “Complete Information for All Bills” links and then clicking on the relevant bill number. Also check the House and Senate Journals, which includes floor actions and Governor’s Messages. Note: Indiana does not keep transcripts or recordings of legislative debates or hearings. For more information, see the State Legislative History Research Guides page posted by the Maurer School of Law. For questions, call the Legislative Information Center at 317-232-9856. Important: Indiana legislative materials generally do not show legislative intent, not even the “Reports.”

Cases: Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cases are published in the North Eastern Reporter. Published and unpublished decisions of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and Tax Court are posted on the Indiana Courts web site; older opinions are available in the Judicial Opinions Archive (coverage: Supreme and Appellate Court, 1999-2005; Tax Court, 1988-2005). For better searching, official citations and internal page cites use Google Scholar (back to 1950). For comprehensive databases useLexis or Westlaw.

Questions: For questions about Indiana legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, try calling Indiana Supreme Court Library (317-232-2557) or the Indiana University School of Law Library in Bloomington (812-855-9666) or Indianapolis (reference 317-274-4026; inter-library loan 317-274-4029). For legislative and administrative materials, call the Indiana State Library (317-232-3675).

Note: We linked the resources to archive.org in an effort to decrease the number of broken links cited.

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Topics Covered by the x Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the x jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together x statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • Indiana Statutes
  • IN Cases & Case Law
  • Indiana Legal Websites
  • IN State Government Info
  • Indiana Counties
  • Indiana Cities
  • Indiana Legislation
  • IN Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Indiana Legal Forms
  • Indiana Courts
  • IN State Bar/Legal Associations
  • IN Law Enforcement
  • Indiana Media Sources

Resources

See Also

Indiana: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Indiana. This part provides references, in relation to Indiana, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Indiana by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Indiana and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Indiana or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Indiana and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Indiana. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Indiana should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Indiana when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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