On Wednesday, Feb. 18, Indianapolis Bar Association President John C. Trimble spoke before the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to Senate Joint Resolution 15, a bill which would have altered the selection process for appellate and Supreme Court judges. The IndyBar is pleased to report the measure failed in committee by a 4-6 vote.
During testimony, Trimble noted that the prevailing viewpoint among IndyBar members responding to a recent survey was that, if enacted, the measure would unnecessarily further politicize a process that is not currently perceived to be broken. Numerous other speakers echoed the sentiment. Trimble also remarked that if enacted, the proposed process would likely “scare away qualified candidates from applying for the court” and could have negative impact on economic development by creating doubt among foreign and out-of-state businesses about the integrity and quality of our judiciary.
The Legislative Committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association is following a variety of bills of particular interest to attorneys during this General Assembly. For a full listing please visit the IndyBar Bill Watch page at indybar.org/billwatch.•