Judge pro tem appointed to Clark Circuit Court; senior judge days allocated

A Clark County judge is taking medical leave, prompting the appointment of a senior judge to temporarily take his spot on the bench, according to the Indiana Supreme Court. Meanwhile, justices also ordered for the allocation of senior judge service days in two Clark County courts.

Clark Circuit Court 1 Judge Daniel E. Moore has notified the high court that he will be taking a medical leave of absence. Senior Judge Susan L. Orth expressed willingness to serve as judge pro tempore in Moore’s spot.

Justices therefore ordered that Orth be appointed judge pro tem in Clark Circuit Court 1, effective Wednesday. She shall serve as judge pro tem until further order of the court, according to a Jan. 24 order. 

Orth will be entitled to compensation for her service, paid by the state, computed at the same rate as the regular judge commencing from the effective date of her appointment, pursuant to Trial Rule 63(D).

The high court on Wednesday also ordered for the allocation of 30 senior judge service days to Clark Superior Courts 5 and 6 for 2022. Neither court was included in a Dec. 14 order allocating senior judge service days to Indiana trial courts for 2022.

Both courts may use the number of senior judge days specified without any additional request to the high court, the justices wrote in a Jan. 24 order. 

“It shall be incumbent upon the presiding judge of each court to ensure that their court complies with the requirements laid out in the December 14, 2021, Allotment Order,” wrote Chief Justice Loretta Rush.

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