The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is seeking comments from members of the bar and the public concerning the reappointment of U.S. Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker, whose current term of office is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2017.
The U.S. District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizen to consider the reappointment of magistrate judges to new eight-year terms. Magistrate judges are tasked with conducting most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases; trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases; conducting various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from the judges of the district court; and trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants.
Baker was appointed magistrate judge in the Southern District of Indiana in 2001.
Members of the bar and public who have comments about Baker’s reappointment as a magistrate judge can direct their comments to Laura A. Briggs, Clerk, Attn: Reappointment Panel, United States District Court, 46 East Ohio St., Room 105, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Comments can also be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments must be received by Friday, Oct. 21 to be considered by the reappointment panel.