The Vanderburgh Superior Court Criminal Division, commonly known as Division Two, is located in room 126A in the Courts Building of the Civic Center Complex.
Often cases are initiated by the Prosecutor's office filing an MC (miscellaneous criminal) case. The defendant would be brought before the Judge and bond would be set. The State of Indiana through the Prosecutor's Office would then have 3 days to filing formal felony charges. Felony charges can be filed as MR (murder), FA, FB, FC or FD depending on the statutes for the crime in which the defendant is alleged to have committed. The FA class felony being the highest felony and FD class felony being the lowest charged felony. Once the formal charges are filed, a defendant would be brought in for their arraignment or initial hearing where the Judge would advise the defendant of their rights; advise the defendant of the charges against them; address bond; and set important dates for the case, such as the trial date. If a defendant could not afford an attorney, the Judge would decide if the defendant were indigent and appoint a public defender.
The Vanderburgh Superior Court is governed by the Indiana Rules of Criminal Procedure as well as theLocal Criminal Rules.
Other cases which may be dealt with in the Criminal Division are Post Conviction Relief (PC) and Petitions to Revoke.
For additional information see Prosecutor's Office or Clerk's Office.