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40 to interview for Marion County court vacancies

April 29, 2018

All 40 applicants who submitted their names for consideration to fill three upcoming vacancies on the Marion County bench will interview with the Marion County Judicial Selection Committee next month.

After meeting in executive session to discuss the 40 applicants on Monday, the 14-member commission voted to interview each of the applicants during a three-day interview session beginning May 21. The interviews will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 21 and 22, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on May 23, with breaks scheduled each day. The full interview schedule is available here. https://calendar.in.gov/site/courts/event/supreme-marion-county-judicial-applicant-interviews-may-21-23/

The 40 applicants applied to replace retiring Judges Thomas Carroll and Becky Pierson-Treacy, Democrats, and Michael Keele, a Republican, whose terms expire at the end of 2018. https://www.theindianalawyer.com/articles/46232-marion-county-judges-begin-new-retention-process-3-opt-to-retire After interviewing applicants, the commission will send three names per vacancy — for a total of nine names — to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb for consideration and final appointments. The state law governing the appointment of Marion Superior judges requires no more than half of the Indianapolis judiciary be of the same political party.

Next month’s interviews will mark the first time the committee will interview applicants to fill vacancies on the Marion County bench. Last month committee members — led by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa and Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Cale Bradford — recommended 17 judges for retention. https://www.theindianalawyer.com/articles/46492-round-1-marion-county-panel-gives-17-judges-retention-nod

The interviews will be held in Room 319 of the Indiana Statehouse and will be open to the public.

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