Clinton County Superior Court

SUPERIOR COURT
Judge Justin Hunter
340 Courthouse Square
Frankfort IN 46041
Telephone: (765) 659-6340

As local needs grew and more trial courts became necessary, the Indiana General Assembly created additional courts called superior courts. The majority of Indiana trial courts are superior courts and almost all Indiana counties have superior courts in addition to their circuit court.

For the most part, superior courts have general jurisdiction, so they can hear ALL civil and criminal cases. Superior courts are also charged with establishing small claims and minor offense divisions.

Jurisdiction of Indiana Trial Courts

Circuit Courts. Unlimited trial jurisdiction in all cases, except when exclusive or concurrent jurisdiction is conferred upon other courts.

Appellate jurisdiction over appeals from city and town courts.

Superior Courts. Trial jurisdiction and organization varies from county to county.

Appellate jurisdiction over appeals from city and town courts.

City/Town Courts. Jurisdiction varies depending upon the size of the city

In counties without superior courts, the circuit courts in addition to all other cases, also handle small claims cases, such as civil disputes involving less than $6,000 and minor offenses, such as misdemeanors, ordinance violations, and Class D felonies. Class D felonies are the lowest level (least serious) of felony charges. Circuit courts also have appellate jurisdiction over appeals from city and town courts.