Applications open for Marion Superior Court vacancy

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The process of replacing retiring Marion Superior Court Judge Sheila A. Carlisle has begun.

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush, on behalf of the Marion County Judicial Selection Committee, has announced that applications are now available for the upcoming judicial opening.

To serve on the Marion Superior Court, an applicant must be a resident of Marion County at the time of the application and throughout the term of office, and be an attorney admitted to the bar of Indiana for at least five years. Additionally, state law prevents more than 52% of the judges in Marion Superior Court from being members of the same political party.

Following local court rules, the Marion Superior Court Executive Committee has offered any sitting judge the opportunity to transfer courts. If a judicial officer transfers to Court 29 (major felony, criminal division), the vacancy will be created in another court.

More than one transfer across divisions is possible, and if transfers occur and are approved by the executive committee, the available position will change and an update will be posted online.

Applications for the judgeship must be submitted by noon Nov. 21 through the Indiana Courts Portal.

The judicial selection committee intends to meet the week of Dec. 12 at the Indiana Statehouse to interview applicants. Details on the public interviews will be posted online.

The committee, by law, is required to submit to the governor “the three most qualified candidates” for appointment when a vacancy arises. Rush is the chair of the committee and Court of Appeals of Indiana Judge Robert Altice is vice chair.

Carlisle will retire effective Dec. 31.

Among the more high-profile cases to go through her court was one involving Bei Bei Shuai, who was charged with murder and attempted feticide after the death of her newborn daughter. Soon after setting decorum rules, Carlisle accepted a plea agreement just prior to an anticipated weekslong trial.

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