Former municipal court judges in Madison and Vigo counties who have been elected to their county trial court benches will continue to preside over their former dockets at least temporarily, the Indiana Supreme Court has ordered.
Newly elected Vigo Superior Judge Matthew A. Sheehan had been the judge of the Terre Haute City Court until this year, when he transitioned to Vigo Superior Court 5 after running unopposed in the November election. A Tuesday order from the Indiana Supreme Court transitions Sheehan back to the City Court and gives him temporary authority over both the Superior Court and the City Court docket until further order of the Supreme Court, or until a successor is appointed.
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb is currently accepting applications for the City Court post. Interested candidates must submit an application by Jan. 19.
Similarly, justices last month issued an order allowing new Madison Circuit Court 5 Judge Scott Norrick to continue to serve as judge in the Edgewood Town Court.
“Judge Norrick shall have jurisdiction to conduct the business of both the Madison Circuit Court Five and the Edgewood Town Court,” until further order of the court or until a successor may be appointed. However, the court in the town adjacent to Anderson may be closing — a fate that’s befallen many city and town courts in recent years.
The Herald Bulletin of Anderson reported last month the the Edgewood Town Council had postponed a decision for 90 days on whether to close the court.
Norrick, a Republican, defeated Democratic challenger Kyle Noone in the November election to succeed retiring Democratic Madison Circuit Court 5 Judge Thomas Clem.