About Carmel City Court

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Per the Indiana Supreme Court and Governor Eric Holcomb, Carmel City Court will be closed to the public until at least April 13, 2020. That date is subject to change, depending on the status of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

Anyone with pending court dates will be continued to a future date, and notice will be sent by email and/or postal mail, depending on what contact information was provided to the court.

You will be able to reach the court by phone, 317-571-2440
Monday - Friday between the hours of 9a.m. - 2p.m.
When calling, please listen carefully to all options, as you may have your questions answered without needing to speak to anyone.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through this challenging period.



The Carmel City Court is a court of limited jurisdiction, where traffic infractions, ordinance violations and criminal misdemeanor cases are heard and decided.



Brian G. PoindexterThe Honorable Brian G. Poindexter has served as the judge of Carmel City Court since Jan. 1, 2009. He was previously with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and the law firm of Harrison & Moberly. He received his B.S. from Ball State University and his J.D. from the I.U. School of Law-Indianapolis. Judge Poindexter is a member of the Hamilton County and Indiana State Bar associations.
Judge Poindexter is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Janus Developmental Services Inc., the Immediate Past  President of the Rotary Club of Carmel and a member of  the United Way of Central Indiana – Hamilton County Advisory Board. Judge Poindexter has previously served on the  board of governors of the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA).   Judge Poindexter served  a two-year term, representing one of 13 districts in the state. Founded in 1896, the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) is the single largest legal organization in the state. With more than 12,000 members, the ISBA serves and advocates on behalf of its members, their clients and the public interest as the independent voice of the legal profession.

Court Schedule

  • Trials are held on Mondays at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Guilty plea, omnibus, compliance and probation violation hearings are held on Mondays beginning at 1:30 p.m.
  • Initial hearings on criminal misdemeanor cases are held on Wednesdays beginning at 8:45 a.m.
  • Initial hearings on infraction and ordinance violation cases are held on Thursdays beginning at 8:45 a.m.