JNC to interview Rush, justices on chief justice appointment

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will vote this month to select the state’s next chief justice.

In a Friday announcement, the Indiana Supreme Court said the commission will begin interviews regarding the reappointment of Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush at 9 a.m. August 21 in Room 319 of the Statehouse. The appointment of Indiana’s highest judicial officer occurs every five years and is open to the press and public.

Rush, who succeeded former Chief Justice Brent Dickson, was named chief justice in 2014 by then-Gov. Mike Pence.

The four other Supreme Court justices are set to attend the August meeting to share their thoughts on what they consider to be important qualities and attributes that a chief justice should maintain.

The justices are set to speak with the commission in 15-minute intervals, beginning at 9 a.m. with Justice Geoffrey Slaughter and followed by Justice Mark Massa at 9:15, Justice Steven David at 9:45 and Justice Christopher Goff at 10 a.m. Slaughter will participate by phone, and Rush will close out the interview process at 10:15.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., the commission will go into an executive session for discussion. Following the executive session, the commission will convene in a public session to vote on its selection of Indiana’s next chief justice.

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