Indianapolis Bar Association members the Hon. Robert R. Altice, Jr. of Marion Criminal Division 2 and attorney Patricia Caress McMath, were named by the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission as finalists for the upcoming vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Indiana. Gov. Mitch Daniels will appoint the newest Court of Appeals judge from among the three names submitted to him by the Commission. The Hon. Rudolph R. Pyle, III of Madison Circuit Court 1 is the third finalist.
A position on the Court of Appeals of Indiana will be available when long-time IndyBar member Judge Carr Darden retires this summer. Judge Darden was named to the Court of Appeals by Gov. Evan Bayh in 1994. His retirement creates an opening on the fifteen-member court in the fourth district.
The Indiana Constitution and state statute require the seven-member Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission to fill all appellate-level judicial vacancies. The commission includes three lawyers elected by their peers and three citizen members appointed by the governor. Chief Justice Brent Dickson chairs the commission.
Fourteen candidates applied for the position. All were interviewed in public. Each of the applications, writing samples and letters of recommendation are available for public inspection at the Supreme Court law library, Room 316 of the State House, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.•