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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Ind. Courts - "Lake Circuit Court judge steps down Oct. 15"

Bill Dolan reports in the NWI Times:

CROWN POINT — Lake County Circuit Court Judge George Paras is resigning Oct. 15 after six years on the bench.

Paras, 68, who lost his re-election bid last spring to Highland attorney Marissa McDermott, said Thursday he is leaving office 40 days before his term expires to attend to personal matters he didn't wish to disclose. "I need the full time to do it. I don't want it to interfere with my job," Paras said early Thursday. * * *

The Indiana Supreme Court Wednesday published an order naming Senior Judge Thomas W. Webber Sr. to preside over the Circuit Court until voters fill the vacancy in the Nov. 8 general election with either McDermott, the Democratic candidate, or Douglas M. Grimes, of Gary, the Republican.

The winner is set to take office Jan. 1, 2017. Webber temporarily filled vacancies in the Lake Juvenile Court in 2013 and Lake Superior Court Civil Division in 2014.

The race for circuit court dominated the political landscape last spring.

Factions of the Democratic party had to choose between Paras, who had the support of Sheriff John Buncich, the county's party chairman, or McDermott, the wife of Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. The mayor said it was a struggle between the party's younger and older wings. * * *

The circuit court, which presides over thousands of civil disputes ranging from constitutional matters and elections, to domestic law, is the only countywide judicial office that remains in partisan politics, separate from the Lake Superior Court, where merit selection of judges reigns.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 29, 2016 03:43 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts