A bill to provide for the selection of Marion Superior Court judges has passed the Senate and has been closely followed by the Indianapolis Bar Association (IndyBar) Legislative Committee. IndyBar Past Presidents Kevin McGoff and John Kautzman testified on behalf of our association before the Senate Judiciary on the bill. They advised the committee that the IndyBar has supported merit selection for many years, so the bar is generally supportive of the current bill, with some changes suggested. It is widely known that the bill will be amended before it proceeds through the legislative process in the House. The IndyBar Legislative Committee is working through the amendment process with the goals of creating a merit selection system that increases the number of candidates interested in serving as judges in our county, selects judges based on the same criteria as the appellate judges are currently selected and allows for the independence of the judiciary once a judge has been selected.
Senate Bill 352 establishes the Marion County Judicial Selection Committee to appoint and nominate judges for the Marion Superior Court. It provides that judges of the Marion Superior Court will be initially appointed by the Marion County Judicial Selection Committee and may be retained in office thereafter by vote of the electorate.
If you have questions about the bill or comments for the Legislative Committee, please contact IndyBar President Judge Robyn Moberly at email@example.com.