Due to Noble Superior Judge Michael J. Kramer’s election to circuit court in the county, the Indiana Supreme Court has appointed a judge pro tem in superior court.
Kramer, who first took office in January 1991 and is the longest-serving judge in Noble County history, will take office in the circuit court on Jan. 1.
Kramer’s election will leave a vacancy in Superior Court 2, so in order Tuesday, the Indiana Supreme Court appointed Judge G. David Laur, retiring judge of the Noble Circuit Court, as judge pro tempore in Noble Superior Court 2, also effective Jan. 1. Laur will remain in superior court until a successor is appointed or until further order from the state Supreme Court.
Before becoming judge, Kramer practiced law in Ligonier with the firm of Heckner & Kirsch. He has been named a resource judge for the state of Indiana by the Indiana Supreme Court and serves on the Criminal Benchbook Committee and Court Alcohol and Drug Program advisory committee of the Indiana Judicial Conference, according to his biography on the Noble County Courts website. He is also a member of the American Law Institute.
Laur took the bench in 1999 after serving as Noble County prosecutor from 1975-1998. He’s the longest-serving elected official in the county’s history, according to his court bio. Laur headed the formation of the county’s community corrections program in 2013.