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Court of Appeals Vacancy (February 2021)

The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission is beginning the process of selecting a new appellate judge. A vacancy on the Court of Appeals of Indiana will occur in Fall 2021 when Judge James S. Kirsch retires.

Gov. Holcomb Selects Derek Molter to Join Indiana Court of Appeals

(August 12, 2021 Governor's press release)

JNC nomination letter to Governor

(June 17, 2021 announcement)

Dudley, Molter, Welch nominees for Court of Appeals vacancy

(June 8, 2021 press release)

Interviews for Court of Appeals finalists set for June 8

(May 21, 2021 press release)

Commission selects 12 finalists for Court of Appeals second interview

(May 14, 2021 press release)

Interview times set for Court of Appeals applicants

(April 19, 2021 press release)

Candidate Applications

(April 19, 2021)


(April 9, 2021 announcement)

The following 23 individuals applied to fill the upcoming vacancy:

  • Ms. Stephanie K. Bibbs, Indianapolis
  • Hon. Jonathan M. Brown, Hamilton Superior Court
  • Mr. Brad A. Catlin, Indianapolis
  • Mr. Stephen R. Creason, Indianapolis
  • Hon. Mark K. Dudley, Madison Circuit Court
  • Hon. Kurt M. Eisgruber, Marion Superior Court, Civil Div.
  • Hon. Paul A. Felix, Hamilton Circuit Court
  • Hon. Faith A. Graham, Tippecanoe Superior Court
  • Ms. Elizabeth C. Green, Indianapolis
  • Hon. James A. Joven, Marion Superior Court, Civil Div.
  • Ms. Cynthia E. Lasher, Indianapolis
  • Hon. Patricia C. McMath, Marion Superior Court, Civil Div.
  • Hon. Gary L. Miller, Marion Superior Court, Civil Div.
  • Mr. Derek R. Molter, Indianapolis
  • Hon. Timothy W. Oakes, Marion Superior Court, Civil Div.
  • Mr. Bryce D. Owens, Pendleton
  • Ms. Patricia P. McCrory, Indianapolis
  • Hon. Brant J. Parry, Howard Superior Court
  • Mr. Patrick W. Price, Indianapolis
  • Mr. Zachary J. Stock, Carmel
  • Hon. Lisa L. Swaim, Cass Superior Court
  • Mr. Paul C. Sweeney, Indianapolis
  • Hon. Heather A. Welch, Marion Superior Court, Civil Div.
Applications available for Court of Appeals of Indiana

(February 26, 2021 press release)

Application & Instructions for Judicial Vacancy

(February 26, 2021)