Judicial Retention

"The health of our entire legal system--both state and federal--depends on having a competent and independent state judiciary... How we choose our state judges, and how we decide whether to keep them in office or not, is of critical importance."

--the Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor
Retired Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States

Judges up for Retention in 2018

The following judges will appear on the November 2018 ballot for retention.

Justice Geoffrey G. Slaughter

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Indiana Supreme Court

Geoffrey G. Slaughter was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Mike Pence in May 2016. He took the oath of office as Indiana's 109th Supreme Court Justice on June 13, 2016.

Justice Slaughter was born in Gary, Indiana, in 1962 and grew up in nearby Crown Point. After graduating from high school in 1981, he attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and in 1985 received a bachelor of arts in economics, graduating with high honors. In 1989, he received an M.B.A. in finance from the Kelley School of Business and his juris doctor cum laude from IU's Maurer School of Law.

After law school, Justice Slaughter served for two years as a law clerk to Chief Judge Allen Sharp, United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in South Bend. He then worked in private practice with the Chicago... [keep reading]

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Judge Robert R. Altice, Jr.

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Court of Appeals of Indiana

Robert R. Altice, Jr., was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Mike Pence and began his service on Sept. 2, 2015. He is the Presiding Judge of District 2.

Judge Altice earned his undergraduate degree from Miami University, Oxford, OH. Subsequently, he obtained a master's degree in criminal justice administration from the University of Central Missouri, where he was honored as "Graduate Student of the Year" in his department. He received his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

Judge Altice's legal career began in Jackson County, MO, handling felony cases as a deputy prosecutor before being promoted to Chief Deputy Prosecutor for the Drug Unit. He then practiced with a Kansas City civil law firm, focusing on medical malpractice defense. After moving to Indianapolis, he joined the law firm of Wooden McLaughlin & Sterner, concentrating on insurance defense. In 1994, Judge Altice returned... [keep reading]

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About Judicial Retention

Learn more about Indiana's Judicial Retention System »

Statutes regarding retention of Appellate Judges »

  • Supreme Court Justices, see Indiana Code 33-24-2
  • Court of Appeals Judges, see Indiana Code 33-25-2
  • Tax Court Judges, see Indiana Code 33-26-2

Indiana State Bar Association members say 'yes' to judges up for retention (October 4 ISBA press release) »

This information is prepared by the Indiana Office of Judicial Administration (IOJA). IOJA does not endorse the results of any surveys on judicial retention or the views expressed on any website outside the Indiana Judicial Branch website.