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Breaking: Election of justices bill debated today

February 17, 2009

House Joint Resolution 9, which calls for the election of Indiana Supreme Court justices, has been reassigned to the Committee on Government and Regulatory Reform and is on the agenda to be debated today before the House comes back at 1 p.m.

HJR 9 is authored by Rep. Craig Fry, D-Mishawaka, and was originally referred to the Committee on Courts and Criminal Code. The resolution proposes several changes to the Supreme Court. Other members of the high court would appoint the chief justice instead of the Judicial Nominating Commission. The governor would fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court with a judge from the Indiana Court of Appeals to serve out the remainder of the term. The number of justices would be capped at five as opposed to the current option for up to nine total justices.

This story will be updated in today's Indiana Lawyer Daily.

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