Judge John G. Baker of the Court of Appeals of Indiana will celebrate his 25th anniversary on the court on June 2. He is the longest-serving member of the current court and the sixth longest serving member in the court’s 113-year history. Judge Baker has written almost 4,600 majority opinions for the court.
Judge Baker was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1989 from Monroe County, where he served 13 ½ years on the Monroe County and Superior Courts.Prior to that he was in private law practice in Monroe County. He was chief judge of the Court of Appeals from 2007-2010; served as presiding judge of the First District three different times; and in 2012 was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court’s Marion County Small Claims Courts Task Force. He was retained by election in 1992, 2002 and 2012.
Besides his judicial duties, Judge Baker is also an educator. He retired last year after 33 years of teaching at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington, and still teaches spring semester at IU McKinney School of Law-Indianapolis. Judge Baker also serves on the Board of Trustees of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL.
He and his wife have five children and nine grandchildren. They live in Zionsville.
Significant developments during Judge Baker’s Court of Appeals service:
- The court had 12 judges from four geographic districts when he joined the court; it now has 15 judges from five districts.
- A 1988 constitutional amendment altered the court’s jurisdiction and caseload by shifting a large portion of the Supreme Court’s criminal docket to the Court of Appeals.
- Computers (in a word).
- The professionalization of the judiciary