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Senior judge roster grows larger

Michael W. Hoskins
January 9, 2009
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Indiana now may have more senior judges than ever before.

The number of trial judges who retired or left the bench at the end of 2008 was at the highest level in recent memory, and many have opted to continue their judicial services in a part-time capacity. That's pushed the senior judge roster to a record level, Indiana Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathryn Dolan said.

A total of 108 jurists are on the roster, which is about 30 more than were listed a year ago, according to Dolan. The state's highest court issued an order at year's end that appointed new senior judges and allows others to continue in that role for 2009, specifying the courts where they can serve. Five serve at the appellate level.

This year marks the 20th that senior judging is allowed in Indiana, after lawmakers authorized the senior judge department in 1989 under the Supreme Court's control. The goal has been to use the services of retired or former judges to supplement existing judicial resources, whether it's in the absence of a regular judge, to complement a colleague's work, or to take on certain cases or programs.

The court is allowed to appoint new senior judges anytime throughout the year and can adjust the list as needed.

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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