Retiring COA Judge Baker certified as senior judge

Indiana’s longest-serving judge will continue hearing cases — at least part-time — after being certified as a senior judge last week.

Indiana Court of Appeals Judge John G. Baker was certified a senior judge effective June 23, the date of an order signed Tuesday by Chief Justice Loretta Rush.

Baker is retiring after more than 44 years on the bench. His judicial career began as trial court judge in Monroe County which was followed by his appointment to the COA in 1989. His certification as a senior judge runs through 2021.

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will interview seven semifinalists to fill Baker’s seat on the COA on Wednesday. Three will be recommended to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s appointment.

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