Goff Supreme Court investiture ceremony set for Sept. 1

August 25, 2017

The Indiana Supreme Court will hold an investiture ceremony for its newest member, Justice Christopher Goff, at the Indiana statehouse next week.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will administer the ceremonial oath to Goff, the court’s 110th justice, during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, in the Supreme Court courtroom. The ceremony will also feature remarks from the current members of the Supreme Court bench, and Goff’s official courtroom photograph will be unveiled.

Goff, a former Wabash Superior Court judge, officially joined the high court on July 24 after a private ceremony, where Chief Justice Loretta Rush administered the official oath. Goff was joined at that ceremony by Rush and justices Steve David, Mark Massa and Geoffrey Slaughter, as well as his wife, Raquel, and three of his children.

Holcomb chose Goff to replace retired justice Robert Rucker in June, selecting him from a pool of three finalists that also included Boone Superior Judge Matthew Kincaid and Clark Circuit Judge Vicki Carmichael. The three finalists were selected after two rounds of interviews with Rush and the Indiana Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission, which began in March and concluded in April.

During the June announcement, Holcomb praised Goff for his “sharp legal mind” and ability to understand the perspective of litigants from a variety of backgrounds. For his part, Goff said he was humbled to be considered for a spot on the bench.

“I think that if you make a decision to do public service, it’s important to do public service at the highest level that you can do it,” he said in June.

Members of the public who want to watch the investiture ceremony can access a webcast of the event at courts.in.gov. After the Sept. 1 ceremony, the newest justice will hear his first oral arguments on Sept. 7.


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