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Senior Judges

In 1989, the legislature authorized the creation of the Senior Judge program allowing Indiana courts to use the services of retired or former judges to supplement existing judicial resources (IC 33-23-3-1). As envisioned, courts now use senior judges as a replacement in the absence of a regular judge, as a complement to the regular judge or to oversee the processing of certain types of cases or court programs.

The Indiana Supreme Court is responsible for promulgating rules to further define the certification and appointment process for senior judges (IC 33-24-3-7). In response to the continuing growth of the senior judge program, the Supreme Court promulgated Administrative Rule 5 in 2003, which delineated the parameters for the certification and use of senior judges.

Currently, Indiana has about 100 former judges certified as trial court senior judges. During 2018, senior judges served over 3,811 days in trial courts. Under Indiana’s weighted caseload analysis, this service is equivalent to that of 21 full time judges.

Contact

Heather R. Falks
Employment Attorney
Office of Judicial Administration
317-234-2620
heather.falks@courts.in.gov


Statistics

 2020 Spreadsheet of Senior Judge Appointments and Service
Claims received as of June 8, 2020

 2019 Spreadsheet of Senior Judge Appointments and Service
Claims received as of February 14, 2020

 2018 Spreadsheet of Senior Judge Appointments and Service
Claims received as of January 24, 2019


Resources

 Senior Judge Handbook

 List of Certified Senior Judges

 Senior Judge Pay Schedule

 Policy Regarding Senior Judges Serving as Mediators

 Orders Appointing Senior Judges to Serve in Trial Courts


Forms

 Application for Certification

 Application for Recertification

 Claims for Services as a Senior Judge

 Order Naming Senior Judge

 Statement of Senior Judge Service

 Verification Regarding Practice of Law