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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ind. Courts - Brent E. Dickson steps down as Chief Justice of Indiana

From the news release:

Today, Brent E. Dickson announced he will step down as Chief Justice of Indiana. He will continue his role as an Associate Justice on the five-member Supreme Court subject to mandatory retirement effective in July 2016 when he turns 75. Dickson informed the Judicial Nominating Commission and said, “It has been a great joy and a privilege to have helped continue the Court’s tradition of excellence—especially with four hard-working colleagues who are devoted to the law.” He further observed, "I am looking forward to being able to spend most of my time in legal research, deciding cases, and writing opinions." * * *

According to the Indiana Constitution, the seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission is tasked with selecting a Chief Justice for a five-year term. The Commission is chaired by Chief Justice Dickson and includes three attorneys elected by their peers and three citizens, two appointed by Governor Pence and one appointed by Governor Daniels.

The Commission plans to invite the other members of the current Court—Justices Robert Rucker, Steven David, Mark Massa and Loretta Rush—to meet with them on August 6 about the role of Chief Justice. The session will be open to the public and press. Afterward, the Commission will deliberate in an executive session. It will reconvene in public to announce its selection of the next Chief Justice.

Chief Justice Dickson expects to step down from his leadership role sometime before September 1. Since he will remain on the Court, the Commission will not need to fill a vacancy.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 11, 2014 01:01 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts