The Indiana Supreme Court has amended Administrative Rule 5 and its references regarding the qualifications for senior judge status.
The high court amended the rule in a Jan. 6 order, inserting language into Section (B)(3)(e) that removes the requirement that a certified person must continue to serve in all special judge cases in which the person who is certified was serving as a special judge at the time the person left office.
Senior judges who do continue to serve in special judge cases will receive senior judge credit for such service. However, if the circumstances that led to the senior judge being appointed as a special judge no longer exist, and no other disqualification exists, “then the case may be returned to the regular judge of the court where the case is pending,” the amended rule reads.
All justices concurred to the amendment, signed by Chief Justice Loretta Rush.