• Saying goodbye: Baker to retire after more than 40 years as a judge

    It wasn’t quite the retirement he expected. With COVID-19 forcing most of the population to work from home, Court of Appeals Judge John Baker quietly visited the Indiana Statehouse in early June to pack up his chambers. Though he won’t officially retire until July 31, he decided to close out his Indianapolis office early, without the usual pomp and circumstance of a sendoff. “I wanted to work from home,” Baker said with a laugh, “but I didn’t mean for everyone else in the world to have to do it.”

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  • Rush plans to further initiatives in second term

    Ask the justices how they would describe the last five years at the Indiana Supreme Court, and they’ll tell you they’ve seen some changes. There’s been an internal reorganization, a major technology initiative and a national drug crisis to contend with, but they think their institution has successfully charted its path.

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3 women named as COA finalists

The next Indiana Court of Appeals judge will be a woman, as three women have been selected as finalists to fill an upcoming vacancy following two rounds of interviews with the Judicial Nominating Commission. Their applications will now go to the governor for final consideration.

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First remote interviews for COA vacancy held amid pandemic

In a first for Indiana, applicants seeking to join the state’s appellant bench were interviewed remotely Wednesday.  After multiple continuations, the seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission logged in to Zoom on Wednesday morning to hold 20-minute interviews with candidates seeking to succeed retiring Court of Appeals Judge John Baker.

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JNC to interview 13 to succeed Baker in May

A total of 13 candidates to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals will be interviewed in May, one month later than originally scheduled due to social distancing requirements to stem the spread of COVID-19.

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