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Applications Available for Indiana Supreme Court
Start Date: 12/19/2011 All Day
End Date: 12/19/2011
Entry Description
Applications for an upcoming vacancy on the state’s highest court are due January 27, 2012.  Today, Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard announced details of the application process for the vacancy that will be available when he steps down from the bench.

On December 7th, Chief Justice Shepard announced he would retire from the Court in March 2012 after a quarter-century career.  His retirement creates an opening on the five-member Court.  Chief Justice Shepard explained, “Indiana lawyers and judges of all backgrounds, in all corners of our state should strongly consider this remarkable public service opportunity.  The Commission needs our best and brightest to come forward and make their talents available for the judicial branch and the people of Indiana.”

The seven-member Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will search for Chief Justice Shepard’s successor.  The Commission includes three lawyers elected by their peers and three citizen-members appointed by the Governor. Chief Justice Shepard chairs the Commission.  The Commission will conduct initial public interviews of qualified candidates in Indianapolis on February 8th – 10th, followed by second interviews on February 22nd-23rd.  After the public interviews and Commission deliberations in an executive session, the Commission will publically vote to send the three most qualified names to Governor Mitch Daniels.  The Governor will select Indiana's next justice.  The Commission will select Indiana’s next Chief Justice after March 4, 2012, but an exact timeline has not yet been determined.

Those interested in applying to be the state’s 107th Supreme Court Justice may contact Counsel for the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission, Adrienne Meiring, at 317-232-4706.  A candidate must be an Indiana resident and must have been a member of the Indiana bar for ten years or an Indiana judge for five years.  The annual salary and allowances for a Supreme Court Justice is $156,295.  The state’s highest court operates year-round.  It is asked to consider about 1,200 cases each year.  The Court issues opinions in about 100 cases and holds nearly 70 oral arguments a year. The application is online at

For more information about the Indiana Supreme Court, visit and for more information on the Judicial Nominating Commission visit
Contact Information:
Name: Kathryn Dolan
Phone: 317-234-4722
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