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Monday, April 30, 2012

Ind. Courts - New Chief Justice to be selected May 15?

The ILB has not seen this anywhere else. WCSI News/Talk (Columbus) is reporting:

Nearly two months after Randall Shepard‘s retirement, the Indiana Supreme Court will get its new chief justice May 15. The Judicial Nominating Commission will talk with the five justices, then go into executive session before emerging for a public vote.

Commission member Jim McDonald says there are no fixed criteria for the job, but the commission will be assessing the justices‘ experience, collegiality and work ethic. One candidate can be ruled out: Frank Sullivan is retiring from the court in August.

The other justices are Robert Rucker, Steven David, Mark Massa, and Brent Dickson, who as the longest-serving justice has been acting chief justice since Shepard stepped down. Massa replaced Shepard on the court in March.

The selection as chief justice is for a five-year term, but Shepard held the job for 25 years. When he was last up for reappointment, the other four justices all told the commission they wanted him to stay on, and the panel‘s vote was a formality.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 30, 2012 12:33 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts