On January 17, 2017, the General Term of the Marion Superior Court elected its new Executive Committee for the 2017-2018 Term. Judge Timothy Oakes was elected to serve as the Presiding Judge. Judge Sheila Carlisle, Judge Christina Klineman and Judge Heather Welch will join him on the Executive Committee as Associate Presiding Judges.
About the Marion Superior Executive Committee
The Executive Committee is comprised of four judges: one Presiding Judge and three Associate Presiding Judges, who are responsible for the operation and conduct of the court.
About Judge Timothy Oakes
Judges Oakes has served the Marion Superior Court since 2009. He currently presides over Civil Court 2. Prior to his time on the bench, Oakes served as a Deputy Prosecutor, private practitioner and legislative lobbyist. Oakes has served the Court as a Legislative Liaison, Commissioner/Magistrate Taskforce, IT Committee, Ethics Committee, Court Reporter Committee, Building and Facilities Committee, and Library Committee. Oakes currently serves on the Committee on Character and Fitness for the State Board of Law Examiners. In addition to his service to the courts, Oakes has served in leadership roles with the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indiana Judges Association, and the Inns of the Court as well as adjunct professor roles with McKinney Law School and IUPU-SPEA.
About Judge Sheila Carlisle
Judge Carlisle has served the Marion Superior Court since 2001. She currently presides over Criminal Court 3. Prior to her time on the bench, Carlisle served as a Deputy Prosecutor, Chief Deputy Prosecutor and Chief Trial Deputy in Johnson and Marion counties. She has previously served the court as the Criminal Term Chair, member of the Commissioner/Magistrate Taskforce, Court Reporter Committee, Ethics Committee and Criminal Local Rules Committee. She has served at the state level on the Judicial Conference Board of Directors, Jury Committee and Criminal Instructions Committee. Carlisle currently serves on the Character and Fitness Committee for the State Board of Law Examiners, the Criminal Law Policy Committee, and the Board of Managers for the Indiana Judges Association. Carlisle was appointed in 2016 to the Mayor’s Task Force on Criminal Justice Reform.
About Judge Christina Klineman
Judge Klineman joined the court in 2015. She currently presides over Criminal Court 17. Klineman previously served as a commissioner for the court in the criminal and civil divisions from 2009-2014. She has served the court as the Arrestee Processing Center Advisory Judge and a member of the Commissioner/Magistrate Taskforce. She currently serves on the Judicial Administration Committee for the Indiana Supreme Court and is a member of the Mayor’s Criminal Justice Reform Taskforce. She has previously held leadership roles at the Indianapolis Bar Association.
About Judge Heather Welch
Judge Welch joined the court in 2007. She currently presides over Civil Court 1 and one of the six Indiana Commercial Court Pilot Project Courts. Welch previously served as a commissioner for the court from 2001-2006. She has previously served the court as the Civil Term Chair, Budget Committee Chair, member of the Ethics Committee and Legislative Liaison. She is also member of the Mayor’s Criminal Justice Reform Taskforce.