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Press release: Second Marion vacancy

For Immediate Release | November 8, 2023

Applications available for second vacancy on Marion Superior Court

Earlier this week, the Marion Superior Court sadly announced the passing of Superior Court Judge Shatrese M. Flowers (Court 28, Criminal Division). With nearly twenty years on the bench, Judge Flowers proudly served the community and will be missed by her family, friends, and colleagues.

The Marion County Judicial Selection Committee is already in the process of filling a vacancy for Judge Heather A. Welch’s upcoming retirement as announced on October 20. And with Judge Flowers’ passing, there is now a second judicial vacancy in Marion County.

Committee Chairperson and Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Committee Vice Chairperson and Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert Altice, Jr., announced applications for both vacancies are available online and must be submitted through the Indiana Courts Portal. The original deadline to apply (Tuesday, November 28 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern) remains unchanged. Only one application is required to be considered for both vacancies.

The Committee will meet on Friday, December 15 to interview applicants for both vacancies. Details on the public interviews will be posted online. After the conclusion of interviews and an executive session to consider applicants, the Committee will publicly vote to select two separate panels of three nominees each, to send to Governor Eric Holcomb for appointment.

Local court rules allow the Marion Superior Court Executive Committee to offer any sitting judge the opportunity to transfer courts, and the Executive Committee will assign the new judges to their divisions after the Governor makes the appointments.

To be eligible to serve on the Marion Superior Court an applicant must be a resident of Marion County (at the time of the application and throughout the term of office) and be an attorney admitted to the bar of Indiana for at least five years. Additionally, state law prevents more than 52% of the judges in Marion Superior Court from being members of the same political party. See IC 33-33-49-13.4(d). Details on the Committee, including membership, are online.


Kathryn Dolan, Chief Public Information Officer