The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled a Lake County judge cannot transfer to a juvenile court because he didn't go through merit selection when he joined the bench.
Lake Superior Court Judge Nicholas Schiralli had planned to transfer into the vacated Lake Juvenile Court position based on seniority and the agreement of 15 other Superior Court judges after former Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura left the court to become director of the Indiana Department of Child Services.
However, three juvenile court magistrates sued to block Schiralli's transfer, and The Times of Munster reports ( http://bit.ly/12M8uun) the Supreme Court unanimously decided Friday that only merit-selected judges can transfer from one court to another in Lake County. They rejected the Superior Court judges' arguments that a law prohibiting Schiralli's transfer is unconstitutional.
Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com