Application Instructions for the Indiana Supreme Court

Deadline – 12:00 p.m., March 3, 2017

The application for the Spring 2017 vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court includes two parts. Both parts must be completed in entirety and the appropriate documentation attached. Please direct any questions about the application process to Adrienne Meiring, Counsel to the Commission, at 317-232-4706 or


To be eligible for nomination to the Indiana Supreme Court by the Governor, an applicant must be an Indiana resident and have been a member of the Indiana Bar for at least ten years or served as a judge of an Indiana Circuit, Superior, or Criminal Court for at least five years. Ind. Const., Art. 7 §10.


The application consists of the following:

  • Part One, Sections 1-11
  • Part Two, Sections 1-3
  • Educational Transcripts
  • Writing Samples
  • State Police Release Form
  • Photograph
  • Letters of Recommendation

Directions for Electronic Copy

The application is designed for you to complete Parts One and Two in Microsoft Word. Reproduce the sections in each part verbatim, setting out each question and category with your answers, including the Waiver and Statement of Consent.

  • Candidates must provide the Nominating Commission with an electronic version of the application in Word format, sent to the Commission’s Counsel at
  • Answers to Part One must be provided in a Microsoft Word attachment with the file name “[Applicant’s Last Name]PartOne” (e.g. JonesPartOne).
  • Answers to Part Two must be provided in a Microsoft Word attachment with the file name “[Applicant’s Last Name]PartTwo” (e.g. JonesPartTwo).
  • Exhibits, transcripts, writing samples, and other attachments do not need to be included in the electronic version.
  • Candidates may submit a digital photograph with a property of 300 dpi or larger with the electronic application. The photograph is a public record and may be displayed on the Indiana Supreme Court’s website or provided to media upon request. It must be titled “[Applicant’s Last Name]Photo” (e.g. JonesPhoto).

Directions for Hard Copies

  • Candidates must retain a complete application for their own records.
  • Candidates must provide the Nominating Commission with 11 hard-copy applications (the original and 10 copies).
  • Unless otherwise noted, all 11 hard-copy applications must be complete with all exhibits, transcripts, writing samples, and photographs.
  • The hard-copy applications must be supplied in a three ring binder. (Coil, comb, book, strip, etc. binding is not allowed.) 
  • A State Police release form on green paper must be included with the original application. It should not be included with the 10 copies. The release form requires the applicant’s social security number and that will remain confidential. Contact the Nominating Commission Office at 317-232-4706 for the release form.
  • Include a certified transcript from each school listed in Part One, Sections 2 and 3 with the original application.
  • Include copies of each transcript with the other 10 application copies. If your social security number is on your transcripts, you must redact it before copying.
  • Include copies of 4 selected writing materials from Part One, Section 6.
  • Candidates must include a recent photograph with each application. (This allows the Commission members to put a face with a name if a candidate is interviewed in person).


The deadline for the 11 completed hard-copy applications is 12:00 p.m. on March 3, 2017. Applications must be delivered to the Commission’s Office at 30 S. Meridian Street, Suite 500, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. Please retain proof of delivery. The electronic copy of the application should be submitted to Commission’s Counsel at by 3:00 p.m. on March 3, 2017.

Upon the Commission’s receipt of 11 complete applications and an electronic copy, the candidate’s name will be made public. I.C. § 33-27-3-2(d).


The Nominating Commission will conduct public interviews in Indianapolis on a date to be determined in the future, after which the Commission will select a number of candidates for second interviews. Upon the conclusion of the second round of interviews, the Nominating Commission will deliberate in executive session, then vote in a public session to nominate to the Governor the three most highly qualified candidates. I.C. § 33-27-3-2. 

Candidates must be available on the interview dates, including evening hours. 

After the Commission has evaluated each application and determines whether to interview all or some of the applicants, the applications of the candidates to be interviewed become public records and may be posted on the Indiana Supreme Court’s website. I.C. § 33-27-3-2(d)(1).

Letters of Recommendation

The Nominating Commission will consider on behalf of each applicant a reasonable number of letters of recommendation. 

  • Letters of recommendation may be sent to the Nominating Commission’s Office and will be forwarded to each Commission member. (Judges and other judicial officers are not prohibited under the Code of Judicial Conduct from writing on behalf of candidates on the basis of personal knowledge of the candidates’ qualifications.) 
  • Letters sent to individual Commission members will be distributed to all other members. 
  • Letters of recommendation must be received one week prior to the first round of interviews.