Judges pro tem appointed in Clark, Hancock, Jennings counties

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The Indiana Supreme Court recently appointed a trio of judges pro tempore in trial courts across the state.

The appointments announced this month were made to courts in Clark, Hancock and Jennings counties.

In Clark Circuit Court 1, Judge Daniel E. Moore has informed the Supreme Court that he is taking a leave of absence. Senior Judge Susan L. Orth has expressed her willingness to serve in his place starting Tuesday.

Orth will remain judge pro tem until Jan. 2, 2023. Her appointment may be extended upon request.

The order does not provide details about Moore’s leave of absence.

Due to ongoing health concerns, Judge Donald J. Davis of Hancock Superior Court 1 notified the Supreme Court that he is unavailable to fulfill his duties, effective Tuesday.

Thus, pursuant to Indiana Trial Rule 63, the Supreme Court appointed Senior Judge Jeffrey C. Eggers as judge pro tem in that court, effective Tuesday. Eggers will remain  judge pro tem for 90 days, although the appointment may be extended upon request.

Also, in Jennings Circuit Court, Judge Murielle S. Bright told the Supreme Court she will be taking maternity leave effective Aug. 8. Judge Jonathan W. Webster has expressed willingness to serve as judge pro tem and will take the bench in that capacity effective Aug. 8.

Webster will continue the employment of court personnel and otherwise discharge the duties of judge of the Jennings Circuit Court until further order.

All of the pro tem judges are entitled to compensation for their service, paid by the state of Indiana, computed at the same rate as the regular judge commencing from the effective date of their appointment, pursuant to Trial Rule 63(D).

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