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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Ind. Courts - More on "Lake Co. judicial interviews postponed"

In this May 7th post the ILB reported that the interviews scheduled by the Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission with candidates for judge in the civil division of Lake County Superior Court had been postponed. (Here are some other ILB posts on the vacancy.)

The interviews have now been rescheduled, to begin Tuesday, July 1, per this June 2nd order of CJ Dickson, who is also Chair, Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission:

Notice is hereby given that on July 1, 2014 the Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission will begin interviewing applicants for nomination as Judge of the Superior Court of Lake County, Indiana, Civil Division. The interviews are open to the public and will be conducted in the hearing room of the Lake County Board of Commissioners located in the Government Center in Crown Point, Indiana. Only persons who previously submitted copies of their application to Richard C. Wolter, Secretary of the Commission, on or before the 18th day of April, 2014 are eligible for nomination.

After conducting interviews, the Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission will make its nominations and submit to the Governor of Indiana the names of three (3) candidates for Judge of the Superior Court of Lake County, Indiana, Civil Division.

Bill Dolan of the NWI Times reported yesterday:
The nine-member commission on July 1 will begin interviewing 21 lawyers who have applied to fill a vacancy created by the January death of the late Judge Gerald Svetanoff.

Lake Superior Court Justice Robert Rucker, chairman of the county judicial nominating commission, set the new interview date Monday. He had postponed the interviews last month after questions about whether the commission's membership followed political and gender regulations set out by state law.

The commission is composed of Rucker, four local lawyers elected by lawyers across the county and four non-lawyers appointed by the Lake County Board of Commissioners. State law mandates a set quota of males, females, minorities and party affiliations for the nonlawyer members.

The commissioners erroneously appointed a female last year instead of a male. Commissioners corrected that last month by naming Silas C. Wilkerson III, a Gary Republican, to the judicial nominating commission.

The commission is expected to complete the interviews as early as July 2 and choose three finalists from among the 21 applicants. Their names would be forwarded to Gov. Mike Pence, who is expected to appoint the new judge from among the trio.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 4, 2014 08:35 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts