The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission has waived certain criteria in the certification of a new senior judge, finding ‘exceptional circumstances’ existed to warrant the waiver.
In a Friday order, the Indiana Supreme Court approved James C. Stewart-Brown Jr. as a senior judge. Stewart-Brown is the former magistrate judge of the St. Joseph Probate Court.
The high court found the certification was warranted under Administrative Rule5(B)(3)(a)(i), prompting the commission’s waiver of criteria requiring that Stewart-Brown first complete four years of judicial service.
Stewart-Brown was found to be qualified to serve as a senior judge pursuant to Indiana Code section 33-23-3-2. His senior judgeship will run through December 31.