A judge pro tempore has been appointed to a northwestern Indiana town court after its sitting judge resigned and no local attorney was available to serve as judge, according to an Indiana Supreme Court order.
The Town of Lowell petitioned the Supreme Court pursuant to Trial Rule 63(B)(2) to appoint a judge pro tempore for the Lowell Town Court in Lake County. Its sitting judge, Christopher A. Buckley, resigned when he moved from the town. However, because there is currently no attorney in the town who can serve as judge and legal matters under the jurisdiction of the Lowell Town Court require continued immediate attention, Buckley informed the high court that he is willing to continue to serve as judge until the town can appoint a judge by caucus.
Buckley will serve as the Lowell Town Court judge until the town can appoint a judge by caucus or until the term ends, whichever comes first.
The town is also ordered to report every 60 days on its progress in finding a judge through caucus, according to the Supreme Court’s Tuesday order signed by acting chief Justice Steven David.