Supreme Court appoints senior judges, sets minimum service days

The Indiana Supreme Court has reverted the numbers of days state courts may utilize senior judges back to pre-pandemic levels, but jurisdictions are allowed to seek additional days to help with case backlogs.

In an order issued Tuesday, all senior judges certified by the Judicial Nominating Commission for service in 2022 were appointed to serve in the Court of Appeals of Indiana, the Tax Court, or any circuit, superior or probate court.

Also, the minimum number of days allotted to each court for using senior judges has returned to 15. For 2021, the Supreme Court upped the minimum to 30 days to enable courts to work through any backlogs created by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

A spreadsheet attached to the order identified the total number of senior judge days available to each state court. The Court of Appeals and the Tax Court are permitted to use senior judge service days as is “reasonably necessary.”

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