Interviews to succeed COA Judge Baker moved online

After two previous schedule changes, interviews of candidates to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals will be held remotely next week, a move the courts say will allow the process to move forward while respecting continuing social distancing guidelines.

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will remotely interview the 13 applicants vying to succeed retiring Indiana Court of Appeals Judge John Baker on June 10. The interviews will be livestreamed here for public access as the Indiana Statehouse, where JNC interviews are traditionally held, remains closed to the public.

The interview schedule is as follows:

9-9:20 a.m.: Jason W. Bennett

9:25-9:45 a.m.: Bartholomew Superior Judge James D. Worton

9:50-10:10 a.m.: Erin L. Berger

10:15-10:35 a.m.: Joby D. Jerrells

10:45-11:05 a.m.: Abraham A. Navarro

11:10-11:30 a.m.: Putnam Circuit Judge Matthew L. Headley

11:35-11:55 a.m.: Terry W. Tolliver

1-1:20 p.m.: Crystal G. Rowe

1:25-1:45 p.m.: Morgan Superior Judge Peter R. Foley

1:50-2:10 p.m.: Johnson Superior Judge Kevin M. Barton

2:20-2:40 p.m.: Lisa G. Reger

2:45-3:05 p.m.: Leanna K. Weissmann

3:10-3:30 p.m.: Vigo Superior Judge Lakshmi Y. Reddy

3:40 p.m.: Executive session followed by public vote.

A Monday press release from the Indiana Supreme Court notes that interview times may change slightly throughout the day.

Redacted candidate applications are available online.

Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush chairs the seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission, which will ultimately recommend three finalists to Gov. Eric Holcomb, who will make the final selection on Baker’s successor.

After next week’s interviews, the JNC will select a group of applicants to sit for a second round of interviews July 1. The July interviews are expected to be held in person.

The three finalists sent to the governor will be selected from the pool of applicants who interview in July.

Originally scheduled for April, the COA interviews were first rescheduled to May and then to June 10 due to COVID-19. Monday’s release from the Supreme Court announced the move to an online format.

Baker will retire July 31 after more than 40 years collectively on the Court of Appeals and Monroe County trial court.  

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