Supreme Court certifies 11 new senior judges, recertifies 36

The Indiana Supreme Court has certified nearly a dozen judicial officers as senior judges and rectified three dozen, according to several separate Friday orders.

In a slew of Oct. 16 orders, the justices agreed to certify the following judicial officers as senior judges for the coming year:

  • Former Lake Superior Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura
  • White Superior Court Judge Robert B. Mrzlack
  • Bartholomew Superior Court Magistrate Judge Joseph W. Meek
  • Tippecanoe Superior Court Judge Lara W. Zeman
  • Jay Superior Court Judge Max C. Ludy, Jr
  • Marion Superior Court Judge David J. Dreyer
  • Monroe Circuit Court Judge Elizabeth Ann Cure
  • Orange Superior Court Judge Robert M. Cloud
  • Madison Circuit Court Judge Thomas L. Clem
  • Marion Superior Court Magistrate Judge Amy J. Barbar
  • Porter Superior Court Judge Roger V. Bradford

The high court wrote in separate orders that the judicial officers met the criteria for senior judgeship.

Senior status for Bonaventura, Mrzlack, Meek, Zeman, Ludy, Dreyer, Cure, Cloud, Clem and Bradford takes effect Jan. 1, 2021 and will hold through Dec. 31, 2021. However, senior judge status for Barbar began Oct. 16 and runs through Dec. 31, 2021.

The court on Friday also recertified dozens of judicial officers as senior judges for the upcoming year.

Justices recertified 36 senior judges to retain their senior judge status through Dec. 31, 2021. The senior judges each met the qualifications for recertification under Indiana Code section 33-27-4-1, according to an order issued by Chief Justice Loretta Rush.

The order recertifying senior judges for 2021 can be read here.

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