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 It's now up to Gov. Mitch Daniels to decide who will be the next Indiana Court of Appeals judge.

This afternoon, the Judicial Nominating Commission selected Marion Superior judges Cale Bradford and Robyn L. Moberly, and Hamilton Superior Judge William J. Hughes as the final nominees to recommend to the governor. The selection came after the second round of interviews today, which had included six-semi-finalists. Twenty had originally applied and been interviewed.

Aside from the three selected, Marion Superior judges Cynthia Ayres and Kenneth Johnson, and Cass County deputy prosecutor Randall C. Head were interviewed today.

Of all the candidates, Judge Hughes made the most noticeable entrance as more than a dozen former law clerks attended his interview - something that he described as being "a surprise."

Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard asked each to take the initial seven to 10 minutes to describe three ideas on making the appellate court more efficient.

The applicants' suggestions overlapped on issues such as expanding the use of technology and "going paperless" at the appellate level to keep up with growing caseloads, case management techniques such as changing motions panel setups, increasing the number of arguments overall and those held in locations across the state, and creating special tracts to allow faster resolution of certain types of appeals.

By law, the governor must make an appointment within 60 days of the vacancy set for Aug. 1. The appointee will serve until the next general election following two years on the appellate bench, facing at that point a retention vote if he or she wishes to stay on the court.


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.