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Posted on: Jul 16, 2014

Four appellete judges are on the ballot for retention this election season. See details below:

Four appellate court judges are up for retention on Election Day in November. Voters will decide "yes" or "no" on whether to retain each appellate judge. A website has been designed by the Supreme Court's Division of State Court Administration as a way for voters to learn about the judges. The website can be found at

Here are the appellate judges on the retention ballot in 2014:

  • Justice Mark S. Massa, Indiana Supreme Court
  • Justice Loretta H. Rush, Indiana Supreme Court
  • Judge Rudolph R. Pyle III, Court of Appeals of Indiana – Fourth District
  • Judge Martha Wentworth, Indiana Tax Court

Indiana uses a merit selection process to choose and retain its appellate judges. Once appointed, a justice or judge must stand for retention at the first statewide general election after the justice or judge has served for two full years. If retained, the justice or judge is on the retention ballot every 10 years.

The retention website is available to help voters make informed decisions about the appellate judges on the ballot. The site is easy to navigate and provides biographical information about the justices and judges and background on the system Indiana uses to fill appellate court vacancies. Later this year, the results of an evaluation survey conducted by the Indiana State Bar Association about each of the jurists will be available. The site also includes video of oral arguments and searchable tables of judicial decisions (opinions) written or voted on by the judges facing retention.

The Judicial Retention System has been in place for 44 years. The goal of this system is to maintain the objectivity and accountability of the courts. Judges who are candidates for retention are not permitted to campaign or solicit public support or campaign funds unless there is organized opposition to their retention. The selection and retention system is designed to allow Indiana appellate judges to decide cases fairly and impartially, free from any campaign finance considerations, and without influence by partisan politics.


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