Friday, March 15, 2013
Ind. Courts - Supreme Court won't stop Lake Superior Judge Nicholas Schiralli from becoming the next Lake County Juvenile judge
In a story that may surprise many, Bill Dolan reports late this afternoon in the NWI Times:
CROWN POINT | The Indiana Supreme Court won't stop Lake Superior Judge Nicholas Schiralli from becoming the next Lake County Juvenile judge this month.ILB: Here is a list of ILB entries on Judge Bonaventura in reverse chronological order; those relating to this issue start in January 2013.
The high court decided Friday it won't issue an advisory opinion regarding the correct way to select the next juvenile judge because of the complexity of law and court rules surrounding the question, said David Remondini, chief deputy executive of the division of state court administration.
The justices communicated their decision Friday to soon-to-be-departing Lake Juvenile Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura, who expressed her disappointment.
Bonaventura, who objected to the process used to pick her successor, said she will soon step down as juvenile court judge to become head of the Indiana Department of Child Services in Indianapolis.
The 15 other Lake Superior Court judges decided last month they should be first in line for her vacancy by order of their job seniority and agreed upon Schiralli, who has been a county judge since 1976.
Bonaventura objected to that and invited the Indiana Supreme Court to intervene. She wanted the state's high court to order merit selection, a non-partisan process in which a nine-member panel of lawyers and lay people interview any county attorneys willing to apply.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 15, 2013 06:36 PM
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