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Sullivan to mediate Lake Superior judge dispute

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Former Justice Frank Sullivan will mediate a dispute over a Lake Superior Court judgeship vacancy, the Indiana Supreme Court ordered Monday.

The court on March 22 appointed Senior Judge Thomas W. Webber Sr. as judge pro tem of the Lake Superior Juvenile Division one day after it issued an emergency order preventing Lake Superior Judge Nicholas Schiralli from filling the vacancy created when Juvenile Division Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura was tapped to lead the Department of Child Services.

Magistrates in the juvenile court sued after Schiralli said he was entitled to transfer to the court based on seniority. The magistrates said the judgeship must be filled by a merit-selection process through Lake County’s Judicial Nominating Commission.

In Monday’s order
, parties in State of Indiana ex rel. Glenn D. Commons, et al., v. the Hon. John R. Pera as Chief Judge of the Lake Superior Court, et al., 45S00-1303-OR-209, are given until May 13 to resolve the dispute.

“This court expects the mediation process to begin promptly and to proceed with all due deliberate focus,” Chief Justice Brent Dickson wrote. “This court retains jurisdiction over this original action during mediation but holds in abeyance its consideration of this original action, pending completion of mediation.”

A deadline of noon, Indianapolis time, April 8, remains for filing a brief in opposition to the court’s writ of mandamus that blocked Schiralli from transferring to the juvenile court.

Sullivan is to submit a mediation report pursuant to Alternative Dispute Resolution Rule 2.7(E)(1) within 10 days of completion of mediation, but no later than May 23, according to the order.

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  1. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  2. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  3. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  4. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  5. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

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