Retention interview schedule set for Marion County judges

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Interview schedules have been set for Marion County’s incumbent judges seeking retention, just one day after members of the Marion County Judicial Selection Committee convened.

All 13 judges previously filed with the committee, the Marion County Clerk’s Office and the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office notice of their intent to place their names on the November 2020 ballot for retention. The judges will be interviewed in public sessions by the committee on Monday, March 9 in Room 319 of the State House in Indianapolis. The schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.: Judge Elizabeth Ann Christ

9:25 a.m.: Judge David Certo

9:50 a.m.: Judge Cynthia Ayers

10:15 a.m.: Judge Marc Rothenberg

10:35 a.m.: Break

10:55 a.m.: Judge Shatrese Flowers

11:20 a.m.: Judge Kurt Eisgruber

11:45 a.m.: Judge Marcel Pratt

12:05 p.m.: Lunch

1:15 p.m.: Judge Christina Klineman

1:40 p.m.: Judge Timothy Oakes

2:05 p.m.: Judge Angela Davis

2:30 p.m.: Break

2:55 p.m.: Judge James Osborn

3:20 p.m.: Judge Patrick Dietrick

3:45 p.m.: Judge Gary Miller

4:10 p.m.: Break

4:30 p.m.: Executive session

During its Wednesday meeting, the committee unanimously agreed to conduct the interviews for all 13 judges in a single day, followed by an executive session. During the executive session, committee members will consider the candidates for retention as required by IC 33-33-49-13.1(q).

If the executive session needs to be carried over, an additional session will begin at 9 a.m. (EDT) on March 10. Once the session has concluded, the 14-member committee will publicly vote on whether the jurists should be recommended for retention.

The Marion County Judicial Selection Committee was created in 2017 through legislation that moved the Indianapolis courts to a merit-based selection system for the Superior Courts. It is chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa.

Three current Marion Superior judges — who would have been up for retention in 2020 Barbara Cook Crawford, David Dreyer and Marilyn Moores — are retiring. The application period to succeed those judges has not yet officially opened, but the commission announced Wednesday it will interview applicants to succeed the retiring judges May 18-20.

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