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JNC to interview 12 for COA seat

April 12, 2018

Each of the 12 applicants who applied to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals will interview with the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission on April 30 and May 1.

The 12 candidates will interview to succeed retiring Judge Michael Barnes, who will leave the bench in June. Barnes is currently the presiding judge of the court’s Third District, which covers northern Indiana and also includes judges Paul Mathias and Terry Crone.

The Judicial Nominating Commission – which is chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush – will select three candidates from among the pool of 12 to send to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb for consideration. Holcomb will then have 60 days to make the final selection about Barnes’ successor.

The selection of the next COA judge will mark be Holcomb’s second appellate court appointment. Last year he selected former Wabash Superior Judge Christopher Goff to become the 110th Indiana Supreme Court Justice.

The public interview schedule is as follows:

April 30

• 9:30 a.m. – John P. Tuskey
• 9:50 a.m. – Judge Steven Hostetler
• 10:10 a.m. – Magistrate Judge Randy L. Coffey
• 10:45 a.m. – Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Domine
• 11:05 a.m. – David C. Van Gilder
• 1 p.m. – Magistrate Judge Jeanene E. Calabrese
• 1:20 p.m. – Brian J. Hurley1:40 p.m. – Magistrate Judge Graham C. Polando

May 1

• 9:30 a.m. – Jamie M. Oss
• 9:50 a.m. – Lyle R. Hardman
• 10:25 a.m. – Judge Elizabeth F. Tavitas
• 10:45 a.m. – Andrew L. Teel

After the interviews, the JNC will meet in executive session, then will publicly vote to select semi-finalists. The semi-finalists will sit for a second round of interviews on May 16, and the JNC will then select the three finalists to send to the governor.

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