Retention website created ahead of Slaughter, Altice November retention vote

Indiana’s state courts have established a website with information about two Indiana appellate judges facing retention on the November ballot.

Voters will vote yes or no on retaining Indiana Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey G. Slaughter and Indianapolis Court of Appeals Second District Judge Robert R. Altice, Jr. in the November 2018 general election.

The Supreme Court’s Office of Judicial Administration created the website to help voters make informed retention decisions. The website includes biographies of the judges on the ballot, video of oral arguments and searchable decisions written or voted on by the judges. The Indiana State Bar Association will release evaluations of each of the judges from a survey of its members later this year, and the results will also be included on the retention website.

Both Slaughter and Altice were appointed to the appellate benches using Indiana’s merit selection process, which has been used to choose and retain appellate judges for 44 years. Then-Gov. Mike Pence appointed Slaughter to the high court in 2016 and appointed Altice to the lower appellate court in 2015.  

Once appointed, a judge must stand for retention at the first statewide general election after the judge has served for two full years. If retained, the judge is on the retention ballot every 10 years.

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