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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Vacancy on Supreme Court 2016 - Ages of Supreme Court Applicants

The following commentary is from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Professor Joel Schumm.

As discussed in this 2012 post, Article 7, Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution provides that justices “shall retire at the age specified by statute in effect at the commencement of his current term,” which remains 75, although the mandatory retirement age for trial court judges was removed in 2011.

This year the Supreme Court applicants range in age from 37 to 69; the average age is 55.


As summarized in these ILB posts from 2010 and 2012, the age of applicants for recent Supreme Court vacancies has varied considerably, although the average on each of those occasions was 53. The successful applicants were at or below the average age: Justice David was 53 at appointment and Justice Massa was 51. But the average age of applicants for the second vacancy in 2012 was 48 with a range from 38 to 62.
Age at Appointment of Recent Justices
  • Chief Justice Shepard appointed in 1985 at age 38
  • Justice Dickson appointed in 1986 at age 44
  • Justice Krahulik appointed in 1990 at age 45
  • Justice Sullivan appointed in 1993 at age 43
  • Justice Selby appointed in 1995 at age 39
  • Justice Boehm appointed in 1996 at age 57
  • Justice Rucker appointed in 1999 at age 52
  • Justice David appointed in 2010 at age 53
  • Justice Massa appointed in 2012 at age 51
  • Chief Justice Rush appointed in 2012 at age 54
Average age = 48

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 16, 2016 01:09 PM
Posted to Vacancy on Supreme Court - 2016