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Bar wants merit-based selection extended

October 2, 2008

The Lake County Bar Association will send a delegation to Friday's Commission on Courts meeting to endorse the adoption of legislation that would support merit-based selection of judges to the County Courts Division. The bar association is in favor of this legislation because it believes it will help further judicial efficiencies, lessen potential conflicts, and maintain the legitimacy of the courts as a neutral arbiter in the eyes of the public.

Members of the delegation include Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert D. Rucker, and representatives of the Lake County Board of Commissioners, Lake County judges, and the Lake County Bar Association.

The bar association unanimously passed a resolution in May in favor of extending merit-based selection to the county courts. The association consistently opposes any effort to retreat from merit-based selections and supports expansion of the system, finding merit-based selections are in the best interests of Lake County courts and residents.

The Commission on Courts is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Friday at 200 W. Washington St., Suite 301, Indianapolis. The selection of judges in St. Joseph County and the Allen Circuit Court magistrate request are also on the meeting agenda.

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