Successor sought for retiring Vanderburgh Superior judge

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Lawyers in southwest Indiana who would like to be considered for appointment to the Vanderburgh Superior Court bench have a few weeks remaining to make their interest known to Gov. Eric Holcomb, who will select the successor for a longtime jurist.

Holcomb announced last week that applications will be accepted through Feb. 12 from qualified candidates seeking to succeed Vanderburgh Superior Judge Robert J. Tornatta. The longtime Indiana trial court veteran told the Evansville Courier & Press last week he would retire effective April 3 because of a health issue.

Tornatta served 22 years as a Vanderburgh Superior judge after his appointment by former Gov. Frank O’Bannon in 1997. He formerly had served as a magistrate judge and a court administrator.

Tornatta is one of seven superior court judges overseeing dockets in the state’s eighth-largest county from the courthouse in Evansville.

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