Doris L. Pryor, the newest magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, will be officially sworn in later this week.The court announced Pryor’s appointment as magistrate judge in November, filling a vacancy created by the Aug. 2, 2017 death of Magistrate Judge Denise K. LaRue after a battle with cancer.
As magistrate judge, Pryor will handle various civil matters in the Indianapolis and Terre Haute divisions, including conducting pretrial matters and evidentiary hearings and presiding over civil trials and dispositions upon consent of the litigants. After a period of recusal, Pryor will also conduct preliminary criminal proceedings and preside over misdemeanor trials and dispositions.
Pryor joins a court that has long been identified as operating under a judicial emergency in need of additional judges to reduce the caseloads current judges carry. The deaths of LaRue and Judge Larry McKinney further exacerbated the emergency.
Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson will preside over the en banc ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday in the William E. Steckler Ceremonial Courtroom of the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 46 E. Ohio St., Indianapolis.
The investiture ceremony is a public event, but seating is limited. Photography will be permitted during the program.