Judge Felix has been a trial court judge in Indiana since 2009. He reflects on the topic of appellate decisions that leave trial court judges scratching their heads, wondering when the law changed, where those facts came from, and/or what to do with the case when it comes back for further proceedings. Here, after surveying a number of trial court judges, he presents a video listing ten things that trial court judges hope appellate court judges will understand about the whirlwind of activity that occurs at the trial court level; and for many of the trial court judges, how the appellate decisions can be used against them as they run for their judgeship in the next election.


The Honorable Paul A. Felix has served as the Judge of the Hamilton County Circuit Court of Indiana since January 1, 2009. He is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington for both his undergraduate and law school degrees. Judge Felix served as a Deputy Prosecutor from 1996 trough 2006. He served as the Carmel City Judge for two years before being elected to the Circuit Court. He is a member of the Indiana Judges Association, the Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules and Procedure, the Chair of the County’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, Hamilton County Bar Association and the Benevolent Order of the Elks. He has been married for 23 years and has three super smart and amazing children.

Note to Viewers: This video is made available to promote education and discussion on issues related to state intermediate courts of appeal.  The views expressed in the video, however, are strictly those of the Presenter and do not reflect any opinion of the Council or its members on any issue.