How to Search for Court Cases in Indiana
If you want to check your neighbor, your new babysitter, or your own record, you can do so through a free court records database.
My case is a publicly available online database of information about civil and criminal cases within the Indiana court system. People can find information about charges, lawsuits and other legal proceedings in the system.
Indiana Supreme Court public information officer Kathryn Dolan said the site offers “tremendous accessibility” to residents and saw 34 million visits to the site in 2021.
Where do the recordings come from?
Recordings are available through Indiana’s Odyssey system and converted old data. Through the Odyssey case management system, participating courts make non-confidential case information available to the public.
Dolan said each Indiana county now enters case information into the system. The information on the site is updated when the local court updates it.
Some older records may not be on MyCase as individual courts need to add and update information. Some courts only display cases since they started using this system, while others add those before it.
For more information on the cases, individuals may contact the clerks and courts where the case took place.
Here’s what you need to know about using MyCase in Indiana:
How can I search for MyCase?
A specific person’s case history can be found by providing their last name as well as their first and middle names to narrow the search. A person’s date of birth can also be entered, but this may remove records from your search, as this data is usually not recorded in cases.
A lawyer can also be searched by last name and first or middle name. The lawyer or bar association number, which you will find on the role of Indiana prosecutorscan also be used.
Companies can be found by typing in their business name as one would find in a case file.
If you’re having trouble spelling a name correctly, using sound search will bring up cases with similar names and alternative spellings to the one entered.
Users can also perform a generic search, which helps users find what they are looking for even without the necessary information. By placing an asterisk at the end of a search term, it will search with what the user has provided, such as a few letters of a name or a partial case number, and return a number of applicable results.
People can also search the database by case, which means putting in a case, citation, or cross-reference number. Since a case number indicates the county, court, filing date and type of case, this number may change, for example if a case is transferred to another court. Citation or cross-reference numbers will only have results if the number matches exactly what it appears in the record, but they usually don’t generate many results.
People can specify their search using the advanced option, including case status and a case date range. One or more terrains can also be chosen to refine the results.
What documents are available?
When examining a specific case, certain non-confidential documents may be available.
Documents available to the public include:
- Orders in many types of civil cases
- Non-confidential documents in various criminal cases
- Criminal cases Orders and final judgments
- Orders and other non-confidential documents from pending or denied expungement cases
- Opinions and orders on appeal
- Briefs, motions and motions of an attorney in non-confidential appellate cases
It is possible that a document is available but not online. The courts can be contacted for any request to obtain such documents.
Can I pay fees online?
Some cases allow people to make payments online if the “make payment” button appears. This can be done with tickets in some courts and criminal charges in the Lake County Circuit and Superior Courts.
Additionally, some cases include financial information, such as amounts due, credits, and payments. However, the balances are not always up to date.