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Posted on: Nov 16, 2015

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Applications for an upcoming vacancy on the state’s highest court are available online. The applications are tentatively due January 25, 2016. Chief Justice Loretta Rush encourages attorneys to consider applying to be the state’s 109th justice, “Indiana has many qualified lawyers who should seriously consider this public service opportunity. Justice Brent Dickson’s 30-year career exemplified civility and professionalism. One enduring legacy will be to fill his seat with an equally talented attorney.”

Justice Dickson will step down from the bench in the spring of 2016. The exact date is not determined; however, he intends to leave prior to July 2016 mandatory retirement. The Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) will search for his successor.

The JNC is a seven-member constitutionally created body chaired by Chief Justice Rush. It includes three lawyers (elected by their peers) and three citizens (appointed by the Governor). Two of the seven members have terms that expire December 31, 2015. On November 20, attorneys will elect a member to represent the first district (mail-in ballots are tallied by the Appellate Clerk of Courts). The Governor will appoint a member to fill the second district seat.

The JNC will review applications and interview qualified candidates after the first of the year. The public interviews will be held in Indianapolis (exact dates yet to be determined). After interviews and deliberations in an executive session, the Commission will publicly vote to send the three most qualified names to Governor Mike Pence. The Governor selects Indiana's next justice.

The application is available at courts.in.gov/jud-qual/3306.htm. A candidate must be an Indiana resident and a member of the Indiana bar for ten years or an Indiana judge for five years. Those interested in applying may contact JNC Counsel, Adrienne Meiring, at 317-232-4706 or adrienne.meiring@courts.in.gov.

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