Applications open for Indiana Court of Appeals spot

Lawyers and judges interested in applying for an upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals bench may now do so, the Indiana Supreme Court announced Friday.

A vacancy will occur on the appellate bench this fall when veteran Indiana Court of Appeals Judge James S. Kirsch retires. Kirsch, who announced his retirement last month, was named to the appellate court in 1994 and served as Chief Judge from 2004-2007.

Judges and lawyers in the Second District of the Indiana Court of Appeals are encouraged to consider applying. Applications are due by April 9, 2021. The Second District includes Marion County and several counties to the north.

Applicants vying to fill the open seat will be considered by the seven-member Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission, chaired by Chief Justice Loretta Rush. The commission includes three lawyers elected by their peers and three citizen members appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Candidates must be Indiana residents living in the second appellate district. Additionally, a candidate must be a member of the Indiana Bar for at least 10 years or an Indiana judge for five years.

Applications should contain pertinent background information, writing samples, references, educational transcripts, and letters of recommendation, which must be submitted through the Indiana Courts Portal and to the Judicial Nominating Commission.

Public interviews of qualified candidates will take place in May and finalists will undergo a second round of interviews in June. After deliberating in an executive session, the commission will publicly vote to send the three most qualified names to the governor, who will have 60 days to select Indiana’s next appellate judge.

Those interested in applying may contact Adrienne Meiring at [email protected].

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