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Friday, June 28, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Officials taking applications for Lake County judge vacancy until July 23"

Bill Dolan reports in the NWI Times:

CROWN POINT | Local officials said they will begin interviewing applicants Aug. 8 for the upcoming judicial vacancy in Lake Criminal Court.

Attorney Richard Wolter, secretary of the Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission, announced Thursday applications will be accepted for the next four weeks from county lawyers seeking to fill the Lake Superior Court, Criminal Division, Courtroom 4 bench.

The vacancy is being created by Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr.'s transfer to the Lake Juvenile Court bench. Stefaniak is filling a vacancy left by former Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura, who became director of the Indiana Department of Child Services earlier this year.

Lake Superior Court judges are appointed by the governor, rather than elected by voters. The governor makes his appointment from three finalists chosen by four local attorneys, four nonattorneys and Indiana Supreme Court Justice Robert Rucker.

Any of the approximately 1,600 attorneys living in Lake County may pick up application forms in the county clerk's offices. Ten copies of completed forms must be submitted to Wolter's office, 9120 Connecticut Drive, Suite G, Merrillville, by 4 p.m. July 23.

Wolter said the commission will interview all applicants during what could be a two-day period. The commission will then deliberate to select three finalists.

The judgeship in question is one of four that annually preside over thousands of felony criminal cases in which the penalty for conviction is a prison sentence of one year or greater.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 28, 2013 10:15 AM
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