Applications open to succeed Lake Superior Judge Murray

Applications are now being accepted to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Lake County Superior Court bench.

The Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission, chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Slaughter, is accepting applications through Sept. 21 to fill the vacancy that will come open Jan. 1, when Judge Clarence Murray will retire from Lake Superior Court, Criminal Division, Room 2.

Interested candidates can find the application online and must submit their materials by noon CT on Sept. 21 through the Indiana Courts Portal.

The commission expects to meet in October in Crown Point to interview applicants. The list of applicants will be announced after the Sept. 21 deadline.

Following the interviews, the commission will be tasked with submitting the names of “the three most highly qualified candidates” to Gov. Eric Holcomb, who will make the final selection to fill the vacancy.

The Indiana Supreme Court in March appointed Senior Judge Michael Pagano  to serve in Murray’s place after Murray informed the court he could no longer serve due to health reasons. Murray had served on the Lake County bench since his appointment in 1999 by Gov. Frank O’Bannon, before which he had served as a magistrate judge.

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