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Hon. John A. Westhafer
Circuit Court Judge
150 Courthouse Square, # 6
Greensburg, IN 47240
Phone: (812) 663-8455
Fax: (812) 663-7957
Circuit courts are the only trial courts mentioned in the Indiana
Constitution, but the Constitution did not create circuit courts. The 1851Constitution granted the General Assembly the power to create circuit
courts. The General Assembly divided Indiana into circuits, based on
county lines. Each county in Indiana has at least one circuit court.
Indiana has 92 counties, and 88 of these counties comprise their own
circuit, with their own circuit court. The remaining four small counties
(Ohio, Dearborn, Jefferson, and Switzerland Counties) have been combined
to form two circuits with two counties in each circuit.
When Indiana first became a state, circuit courts were the only courts in
each county. Therefore, circuit courts traditionally heard ALL civil and
criminal cases. Today, circuit courts continue to have unlimited trial
jurisdiction, EXCEPT when exclusive or concurrent (shared) jurisdiction is
conferred upon other courts.
Information taken from the
State of Indiana's Publication, "Know Your Indiana Courts"