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Friday, March 22, 2013

Ind. Courts - "High court names Lake Juvenile Court caretaker" [Updated]

Bill Dolan is reporting late this afternoon in the NWI Times:

CROWN POINT | A veteran Northwest Indiana judge will serve as caretaker of the Lake Juvenile Justice complex while the rest of the county's judiciary does battle for permanent control of that court.

The Indiana Supreme Court named Senior Judge Thomas W. Webber Sr. Friday to serve as the temporary juvenile court judge after the current officeholder, Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura steps down Sunday to become head of the Indiana Department of Child Services in Indianapolis.

Webber, 75, of Porter Township, will preside over a court with 30,000 cases of juvenile delinquency, investigations of child abuse and neglect and litigation involving child paternity and financial support as well as a juvenile detention center in Crown Point that has a combined staff of 169 and an annual budget of $6 million budget.

He served 20 years as a Portage policeman and 13 years as a former Porter Superior judge. He still serves as a senior Indiana judge when other local judges cannot preside over a legal matter. * * *

The high court agreed Thursday to hear the dispute. The Indiana Attorney General also announced it may join the fray and argue in favor of the use of the merit selection law.

Here is the Supreme Court order, the stamp indicates it was filed today at 4:00 PM.

This from an AP story today:

The Indiana attorney general's office says it won't represent either side in a dispute over a Lake County judgeship, but may step in to defend the existing state law that requires the post be filled by merit selection.
[Updated 3/23/13] Here is a story covering the events, published in yesterday's Gary Post-Tribune.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 22, 2013 05:14 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions