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[SUPREME] Website Available to Review Appellate Court Judges on Retention Ballot
Start Date: 7/17/2012 All Day
End Date: 7/17/2012
Entry Description
Two Indiana Supreme Court justices and four Court of Appeals judges are up for retention on Election Day in November. Voters will decide “yes” or “no” on whether to retain each appellate court 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

Indiana uses a merit selection process to choose and retain appellate court judges.  Once appointed, a justice or judge must stand for retention at the first statewide general election after the justice or judge had 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 an informed decision 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 will be available.  The site also includes video or oral arguments and searchable tables of judicial decisions (opinions) written or voted on by the judges facing retention.  

Here are the Justices and Judges on the Retention ballot in 2012: 
  • Justice Robert D. Rucker, Indiana Supreme Court
  • Justice Steven H. David, Indiana Supreme Court
  • Judge John G. Baker, Court of Appeals of Indiana – First District
  • Judge Nancy H. Vaidik, Court of Appeals of Indiana – Fifth District
  • Judge Paul D. Mathias, Court of Appeals of Indiana – Third District
  • Judge Michael P. Barnes, Court of Appeals of Indiana – Third District
The Judicial Retention System has been in place for 38 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 goal of Indiana’s merit selection and retention system is to allow Indiana appellate court judges to decide cases fairly and impartially, free from any campaign finance considerations, need to attract votes, or fear of partisan attack. 

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Name: Kathryn Dolan
Phone: 317-234-4722
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