Starting in January, Trimble will be one of seven voices on the Judicial Nominating and Qualifications commissions. Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard chairs the commissions, which include the same members. State law requires that three commissioners be attorneys while three others are lay members. The governor appoints the non-attorneys, while the Supreme Court Clerk selects those from the legal world.
Trimble takes over for Indianapolis attorney James H. Young, whose term expires Dec. 31 for the second judicial district. The term for Joan M. Hurley from Sellersberg also expires at year's end and the governor is responsible for appointing a replacement. The governor's office hasn't announced a successor, and if that doesn't happen then Hurley can carry over her term, according to commission counsel Meg Babcock.
Other commission members include attorneys Stephen L. Williams from Terre Haute and Sherrill Colvin from Fort Wayne, as well as non-attorneys Mark Lubbers of Indianapolis and Dr. Daryl Yost of Fort Wayne. More information on the commissions can be found online at the Indiana Judicial Web site.
Prior to joining the commissions, Trimble and prospective members can get a glimpse of the duties by watching interviews for the latest Indiana Court of Appeals opening. The Judicial Nominating Commission has selected 7 of 15 applicants interested in the spot to return for second interviews next week; three of those will be chosen for the governor to choose from. The new judge will ultimately replace Judge John Sharpnack, who's retiring in May.
Meanwhile, the Judicial Qualifications Commission has recently issued new advisory opinions, such as one detailing when jurists should recuse themselves. Those orders can be viewed here.