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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Ind. Courts - Nominations open for the 2nd District attorney member of the Judicial Nominating Commission [Updated]

Today I, along with all the other members of the Indiana bar in the 2nd Judicial District who are in good standing, received this "Notice of Election" from the Clerk of the Indiana Courts.

Essentially it says that nominations are now open for the attorney member who will represent the 2nd District on the Commission for the next three years. Nominations, including a petition signed by 30 attorneys who reside in the 2nd Judicial District, are due by Sept. 10, 2010.


Ballots and biographies of each candidate will be mailed to all Second District attorneys on October 12, 2010. Ballots are due by 4:00 p.m. on November 10, 2010. The Clerk of the Supreme Court will count the ballots at 10:00 a.m. on November 12, 2010.
The elections for the three districts are staggered, terms are three years, and an attorney may not serve successive terms.

I, for one, have not paid much attention to this process in the past, but I will from now on, having seen the important role the commissioners play in the selection of our Supreme and Appellate Court justices and judges.

The three names the Commission decides on and sends to the Governor are THE three names -- unlike in some other states, our Governor may not reject the panel and call for a new one. In Indiana, if the Governor does not make a selection within 60 days, the Chief Justice must pick the nominee, from the same three names. (Ind. Const. Art. 7, sec.10)

In addition, it is the Commission that, every five years, selects the Chief Justice from the members of the Supreme Court. (Ind. Const. Art. 7, sec.3)

Here is the notice that was posted on the Court website in December of 2006:


The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission issues this Public Notice pursuant to IC 5-14-1.5-5, IC 33-27-3-2, and IC 33-27-3-6. Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard has filed for re-appointment as Chief Justice of Indiana and has consented to public disclosure of pertinent candidate information within the parameters of IC 33-27-3-2(b), (d), and (g). On Wednesday, December 13, 2006, the Nominating Commission will convene at approximately 10:30 a.m. in Room 319, State House, Indianapolis, Indiana, in an open meeting, for the purpose of interviewing Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard.

The candidate's application and any attributable communications concerning the candidate will be available for public inspection and copying pursuant to IC 33-27-3-2(d) and IC 33-27-3-6(e).

For more, see this entire ILB entry from Dec. 12, 2006.

Currently, I am seeking information about prior attorney commissioners, going back to 1970.

[More] Jon Laramore of Baker & Daniels rightly reminds me:

Re judicial nominating commission, note that the commission also is the Judicial Qualifications Commission, which means that the commission investigates and prosecutes disciplinary complaints against judges. This is actually what the commission spends the bulk of its time on, and it’s also of vital importance.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 3, 2010 01:12 PM
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