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[SUPREME] Notice of public interviews for judicial position in St. Joseph County
Start Date: 1/25/2013Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Date: 1/25/2013End Time: 2:30 PM
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Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on January 25th, 2013 in the conference room of the St. Joseph County Commissioners on the 7th Floor of the St. Joseph County-City Building, the St. Joseph Superior Court Judicial Nominating Commission will conduct interviews of the applicants for nominations to be appointed to the vacancy on the St. Joseph Superior Court created by the retirement of Judge Chamblee.  

An interview schedule will be posted outside of the Commissioners’ offices on the day of the interviews.  At the conclusion of the interviews, the Commission will deliberate in executive session, after which the Commission will reconvene for a public vote on the nominees whose names will be submitted to the Governor for his consideration and appointment.


1. Entry and exit into the room will be permitted only between interviews.
2. Only ambient lighting will be permitted.  Flashbulbs and similar photographic equipment may not be employed during the proceeding.
3. There will be no movement of equipment except between interviews
4. Questioning of the applicants during the interview will be reserved for the members of the Judicial Nominating Commission.  Applicants, at their discretion, may be interviewed by members of the public or the media before or after the interview by the Commission.
5. Members of the audience are requested to refrain from all other activities which might distract from the interview process.

The application is no longer available online.  However, for background purposes the following information was released December 20, 2012:

The St. Joseph County Superior Court Judicial Nominating Commission met Tuesday to begin the process of selecting a new superior court judge, Commission Chairman and Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa announced today.  A vacancy on the St. Joseph Superior Court will occur March 31, 2013, when Judge Roland W. Chamblee, Jr., retires.

“Under state law, the Judicial Nominating Commission is required to nominate five candidates for appointment to the St. Joseph Superior Court when a vacancy arises,” Justice Massa said.  The final appointment will be made by Governor Mike Pence.  “Under the statute, only attorneys domiciled in St. Joseph County are eligible to be considered by the Commission for nomination,” he noted.

Applications are available on the Supreme Court’s website at and in the St. Joseph County Clerk’s Office.  All applications should be turned into the St. Joseph County Clerk by Friday, January 18, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. (EST).  The Commission will meet on Friday, January 25, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. to interview the applicants.

The Nominating Commission was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 1973.  It consists of seven members.  Three of the members must be admitted to the bar and are selected by the lawyers of the county and three must be non-lawyers appointed by a committee consisting of the judge of the St. Joseph Circuit Court, the mayors of South Bend and Mishawaka, and the president of the board of St. Joseph County commissioners.  The seventh member, who serves as the chairman of the Commission, must be a justice of the Indiana Supreme Court or a judge of the Court of Appeals appointed by the Chief Justice of Indiana.  Justice Massa recently replaced retired Justice Frank Sullivan, a South Bend native, as Chairman.

Contact Information:
Name: Kathryn Dolan
Phone: 317-234-4722
Entry Type:
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