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Floyd County Indiana Superior Court 1

Scales of JusticeFloyd Superior Court No. 1 serves the public by providing a fair, accessible, effective and responsive forum to decide civil, criminal and other legal matters with the objective of resolving conflicts efficiently while maintaining confidence in the judiciary and enhancing community values.

The Superior Court is a Court of General Jurisdiction including Felony Criminal cases, Civil Cases, Divorces and Criminal non-Support. Approximately two-thirds of the cases heard in Superior Court are felony criminal matters, and approximately one-third are civil matters.

Superior Court does not hear cases involving probate, trust matters, juvenile cases or small claims.

The Floyd County Superior Court was established in 1978, Under Indiana Code 33-33-22-2. Since the Court’s creation in 1978, three Judges have presided over Floyd Superior Court;

  • Presiding Honorable Susan L. Orth 6/1/04 - Present
  • Honorable Richard G. Striegel 1/1/78 – 5/31/04
  • Honorable Harold Coons 1/1/78 – 12/31/78

About Judge Orth

Judge Susan L. Orth

Floyd Superior Court No. 1 Judge

  • Admitted to practice law by the Kentucky Supreme Court in 1986 and the Indiana Supreme Court in 1987
  • Graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1985
  • Obtained her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Louisville in 1982
  • Graduated from Indiana State University in 1981 with degrees in both Political Science and Psychology
  • Judge Orth is a member of the Community Relations Committee of the Judicial Conference of Indiana, and, is a Member of the Indiana State Board of Law Examiners Character and Fitness Committee.
  • She is a Certified Mediator in both Family and Civil Law and chairs the Indiana Court Staff Personnel Committee.

Judge Orth presides over the Forensic Diversion Program. The Floyd County Forensic Diversion Program is a court-supervised treatment referral program for defendants who have a mental illness and addictive behavior and who have been arrested for a non-violent offense.

She serves as a Faculty panel member for the Indiana Judicial Center instructing newly appointed and elected Judges. Courses she has taught include;

  • Transition to the Bench and the Impact of the Code of Judicial Conduct
  • Employment and Personnel Issues
  • Ethical Issues: Political Activity and Judicial Outreach
  • Ethical Issues: Disqualifications and Ex-Parte Contacts

Judge Orth is a member of the following:

  • National Judicial College
  • American Judges Association
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • Floyd County Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Faculty Judge for "We The People", providing civil education to Floyd County Middle High School students
  • Serves as the 2006/2007 President of the Sherman Minton Inn of Court
  • Floyd County Community Corrections Board
  • Rauch, Inc. President's Advisory Council

Judge Orth has been recognized as:

  • 2012 Recipient of the “Spirit of the Red Ribbon Award”
  • Business and Professional Women Woman of Achievement Award
  • City of New Albany’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year
  • Who’s Who of American Women
  • FOP Appreciation Award 2010 Shop With a Cop
  • FOP Appreciation Award 2011 Cops for Kids
  • 2006/2007 Leadership Southern Indiana
  • Judge Orth gives presentations regarding the Judicial Process and related Court issues to classrooms, church groups, social organizations, clubs and neighborhood organizations.