By Tyler D. Helmond, Voyles Zahn & Paul
Hon. Terry A. Crone
Indiana Court of Appeals
He is a graduate of DePauw University and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He practiced law for nine years before taking the bench in St. Joseph County – first as magistrate and later as judge of the St. Joseph Circuit Court. He was appointed to the Indiana Court of Appeals in 2004. He is the Honorable Terry A. Crone, and he has been served with interrogatories.
Q: Are you or are any of your colleagues reading briefs on iPads?
A: Yes, it allows us to stay current while traveling or working from home.
Q: When you are first assigned a new case, in what order do you read the briefs?
A: I read the Appellant’s brief followed by the Appellee’s brief and then the reply brief.
Q: Who is the best golfer on the Indiana appellate bench?
A: Steve David. Sort of like being All-State from Rhode Island.
Q: What golf course have you not played that is first on your golfing bucket list?
A: Augusta National.
Q: You’re a DePauw graduate. Do you miss the days of winning the Monon Bell?
A: Almost as much as you IU grads miss the Rose Bowl.
Q: What is your favorite part about traveling oral arguments?
A: The opportunity to educate people about how our legal system really works. It is very distressing to see how little most people know about our system of justice.
Q: You spent many years as a trial court judge. What do you see these days that drives you crazy about the way trial court proceedings are conducted?
A: I have tremendous respect for the work done by our trial judges. I am particularly impressed with how they are using modern technology to improve the delivery of judicial services to the public.
Q: If you could choose one book as required reading for an appellate judge, what would it be?
A: “Devil in the Grove” by Gilbert King. I think it is important to remember the abuses that were occurring not so long ago when we consider why we have some of the procedural safeguards we do and how they ought to be adapted to an ever changing society.•