Indiana attorneys and judges interested in applying to become an Indiana Supreme Court justice can now do so through early February, the high court has announced.
Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush announced Monday that applications are available for the vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court that will open in the fall of 2022 when Justice Steven David retires. David, currently the longest-serving justice on the high court, announced his retirement in November.
Applications are due by noon EST on Feb. 4 and must be submitted online through the Indiana Courts Portal. Interested candidates for the vacancy must be an Indiana resident and have been a member of the Indiana bar for at least 10 years or served as an Indiana judge for five years. Completed applications must include pertinent background information, writing samples, references, educational transcripts and letters of recommendation.
The seven-member Indiana Judicial Nomination Commission will review the applications and interview qualified candidates in late February/early March. Following a second round of interviews in April, the commission will recommend three finalists to Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, who will then have 60 days to make his second appointment to the state’s highest court. His first appointment to the high court was Justice Christopher Goff in 2017.
Chaired by Rush, the JNC is made up of three lawyers elected by their peers and three citizens who are appointed by the governor to recruit and interview applicants for appellate judicial vacancies.