Five Indiana counties will get additional judicial resources after Gov. Eric Holcomb signed legislation allowing for additional magistrates and courts. One county, however, will lose a court that had previously been approved.
Panel favors retention of all 13 Marion Superior judges
The Marion County Judicial Selection Committee has unanimously voted to recommend retention of all 13 Marion Superior judges whose names will be on the ballot in November.Read More
Despite final pleas from Lake County Democratic lawmakers to kill a controversial judicial selection bill that one said treats their county and St. Joseph County “as stepchildren,” the Indiana House voted Wednesday to agree to Senate amendments, sending House Bill 1453 to Gov. Eric Holcomb.
Legislation that would eliminate attorney input and increase the role of the governor and county officials in appointing commission members who nominate candidates for the trial court benches in Lake and St. Joseph counties continues to advance in the Indiana General Assembly despite vocal opposition from lawyers, judges and bar associations.
Your publication recently printed an article discussing the Indiana State Bar Association’s objections to Indiana Senate Joint Resolution 16. The bar association’s complaint about SJR 16, and the slant of the article, is that the resolution proposes to “strip” Hoosier voters of the power to retain Indiana appellate court judges and Supreme Court justices. I do not believe that complaint is well-founded.
For the second time this year, the Indiana State Bar Association is publicly opposing legislation targeting judicial selection in Indiana, this time speaking against a bill that it says would “unnecessarily change a working system” for judicial selection in Lake and St. Joseph counties.
Former municipal court judges in Madison and Vigo counties who have been elected to their county trial court benches will continue to preside over their former dockets at least temporarily, the Indiana Supreme Court has ordered.
The Indiana Supreme Court has certified two additional judicial officers as senior judges for 2021.
Although the results of the United States presidential race were delayed well beyond Election Night, Hoosiers learned the winners of several state and local races soon after the polls closed as Republicans secured their grip on state and federal offices.
A Clark County judge who was suspended for his involvement in a drunken Indianapolis brawl that ended with his and a fellow judge’s shooting trailed in his reelection bid, as did another judge in the southern Indiana county. They were among a handful of Indiana trial court judges facing ouster at the hands of voters.
Each of the seven Indiana appellate judges up for retention this year have received favorable recommendations from members of the Indiana State Bar Association. The state bar released results of its retention survey Wednesday morning.
An Indiana judge has said it’s too late to take his name off the November ballot and he will not serve if elected to a third term due to health issues.
Attorney Brian M. Johnson has been chosen by the Knox County Republican Party to be the party’s candidate on the November ballot for the Knox Superior Court bench.
Hoosier voters in November will decided whether seven Indiana appellate judges should retain their positions for the next 10 years. A Supreme Court justice, the chief judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals and five other appellate jurists are on the fall retention ballot.
The application deadline for three Marion County judicial vacancies has been extended to June 19 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indiana Supreme Court announced Wednesday. Interviews of potential Indianapolis judges likewise are expected to be delayed until late summer or early fall.
The 13 Indianapolis judges who were recommended for retention March 9 were asked to opine on a variety of judicial issues, from civility to diversity to the new Marion County Community Justice Center and more.
A staple of the Indiana judiciary for more than 40 years, Indiana Court of Appeals Judge John G. Baker was honored by members of the Legislature ahead of his impending retirement.
The second iteration of retention interviews for Marion Superior judges will begin in less than a month. The Marion County Judicial Selection Committee set aside March 9 to interview the 13 Marion Superior Court judges seeking retention while also opening the window for applicants seeking to fill one of three pending vacancies on the trial court bench in Indianapolis.
A judge pro tempore has been appointed to a northwestern Indiana town court after its sitting judge resigned and no local attorney was available to serve as judge, according to an Indiana Supreme Court order.
A southern Indiana judge is apologizing for a May 1 fight outside an Indianapolis fast-food restaurant during which he and another judge were shot and seriously wounded. The apology comes as Judge Andrew Adams is seeking re-election after pleading guilty to battery for his role in a shooting in which he and a fellow Clark Circuit judge were seriously injured.
Interview schedules have been set for Marion County’s incumbent judges seeking retention, just one day after members of the Marion County Judicial Selection Committee convened.