Courts provide information about appellate judges up for retention

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Voters looking to learn more about the four appellate judges up for retention on this year’s general election ballot can turn to a website designed by the Division of State Court Administration.

Indiana Justices Mark S. Massa and Loretta H. Rush, Court of Appeals Judge Rudolph R. Pyle III and Tax Judge Martha Wentworth are up for retention for the first time this year. Massa, Rush and Pyle were appointed to their respective courts in 2012; Wentworth was appointed to the Tax Court in January 2011.

Once appointed to court, a judge or justice must stand for retention at the first statewide general election after the justice or judge has served for two full years.

If retained, the appeals judge will then be on the retention ballot every 10 years.

The retention website, which contains biographical information on each justice or judge as well as links to cases heard by them, was created in 2010. It mirrors the one created in 2008 after Senate President Pro Tem David Long urged the judiciary to provide more information about the retention process to voters.


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