Judicial applications available to fill Lake Co. vacancy left by late Judge Boswell

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The Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission is beginning the process of selecting a new Lake Superior Court judge to fill the vacancy left by the late Judge Diane Ross Boswell.

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa, who chairs the commission, announced Tuesday that applications for the position are now available online.

Boswell, who served on the court with distinction for more than 16 years, died unexpectedly on Oct. 19. Senior Judge Kathleen Lang was appointed as a judge pro tempore in Lake Superior Court, Criminal Division 3 to fill the position until a new judge is selected.

Applications to fill the vacancy must be submitted through the Indiana Courts Portal by 12 p.m. CT on Dec. 6.

Boswell, 72, had served on the Lake County bench since her 2005 appointment by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels. She built a long career in public service and is remembered by colleagues as hardworking and compassionate.

The commission, which expects to meet in Crown Point next month to interview the applicants, is required by state law to submit to Gov. Eric Holcomb “the five most highly qualified candidates from among all those eligible” for appointment when a vacancy arises. Its membership was recently finalized when Holcomb last month appointed two attorneys and one nonattorney to the JNC following a legislative “reset” of how the commission is selected.

In addition to Holcomb’s three appointments, the Lake County commissioners also appointed three members.

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