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Changes in Marion Superior Court Bench Assignments Judge Barbara Crawford recently began service as the newest judge on the Marion Superior Court. Appointed to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Judge Tanya Walton Pratt to the United States District Court, Judge Crawford assumed the bench in Criminal Court 21 -Protective Order Court on August 16.
 

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Judge Bob Altice said of Judge Crawford, “Barbara is a very intelligent, compassionate and hardworking person. She has a wonderful demeanor that will serve her well on the bench. We are all very excited that she is a member of the Marion Superior Court.”

Judge Crawford takes the bench in Criminal Court 21 as Judge David Certo moves to Community Court. Judge Certo requested the change in court.
 

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“I considered my time in Court 21 a great and humbling privilege, especially the opportunity to help people in emergencies.  I deeply admire the legal and lay advocates who give so much to families in crisis.  We accomplished a great deal in Court 21, and I feel confident entrusting our important work to Judge Crawford,” said Judge Certo. “Moving to Community and Environmental Court gives me a new opportunity to improve the quality of life in our city, particularly in neighborhoods that are redeveloping and reviving our urban core.  I live in the Community Court catchment area, and I’m excited to revisit my first professional experiences in environmental law.”

A public robing ceremony will be held for Judge Crawford on Monday, August 27 at 3 p.m. in the Public Assembly Room of the City County Building.•

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