Marion County Judicial Selection Committee inaugural meeting set

The body create to make recommendations on the selection and endorsement of Indianapolis judges will hold its first meeting next week.

The Marion County Judicial Selection Committee’s organizational meeting Nov. 28 will lay the groundwork for selecting nominees for and making recommendations concerning the retention of judges in Marion County trial courts for the 2018 election cycle.

Justice Mark Massa chairs the commission and Court of Appeals Judge Cale Bradford is vice chair. Other members are Billie Breaux, Cordelia Lewis Burks, Bryce A. Carpenter, Lee C. Christie, Susan E. Cline, K. Michael Gaerte, Rick Hurst, Katherine (Katie) F. Jackson-Lindsay, Lacy M. Johnson, Andrew J. Mallon, Adrianne L. Slash and Jennifer Thuma.

The Committee was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 2017 and its composition and duties are defined in Indiana Code Sections 33-33-49-13.1 to 33-33-49-13.7. A new method of selecting Marion County judges was required after the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the former slating system that effectively guaranteed an equal division of Marion County judgeships between Democrats and Republicans.

The public meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 28 at t 10 a.m. in Room 319 of the Statehouse. More information about judicial vacancies and merit selection committees for Allen, Lake, Marion, St. Joseph counties and for Indiana’s appellate courts can be found here.

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