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Monday, October 31, 2016

Ind. Courts - Four COA judges up for retention next week, but you may only vote for two of them

Quoting from this ILB post from July 18th:

Here are the appellate judges on the retention ballot in 2016:
  • Judge Terry A. Crone, Court of Appeals of Indiana – Third District
  • Judge James S. Kirsch, Court of Appeals of Indiana – Second District
  • Judge Edward W. Najam, Jr., Court of Appeals of Indiana – First District
  • Judge Patricia A. Riley, Court of Appeals of Indiana – Fourth District
Dan Carden, in an Oct. 23rd NWI Times story, had a little background on each judge:
Judge Patricia Riley, a Rensselaer native appointed to the court in 1994 by then-Gov. Evan Bayh and retained by voters in 1996 and 2006.

Judge Terry Crone, a South Bend native appointed in 2004 by Democratic Gov. Joe Kernan and retained by voters in 2006.

Judge Edward Najam Jr., of Bloomington, a 1992 Bayh appointee retained by voters in 1996 and 2006.

Judge James Kirsch, of Indianapolis, a 1994 Bayh appointee retained by voters in 1996 and 2006.

See the Courts' page, Judicial Retention 2016, for more information.

So why can you only vote for two of them? Because when the Court of Appeals was originally established, the statute divided the state into three judicial districts. But, as this COA page explains:

The 15 members of the Court of Appeals of Indiana [now] represent five state districts:
  • Three members of the Court must come from the 1st District, encompassing the southern third of the state;
  • three from the 2nd District, the middle third; and
  • three from the 3rd District, the northern third of Indiana.
Judges named from these districts stand for retention only in their districts.
  • In 1978, a 4th District was created, consisting of three judges, one from each of the first three districts.
  • Likewise, in 1991, a 5th District was added, also with judges from each of the first three districts.
Judges representing the 4th and 5th districts stand for retention statewide.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 31, 2016 10:05 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts