The Indiana Supreme Court ruled Friday, as it should have, that state law trumps the Lake County judges' transfer rule.
Lake Superior Court Judge Nicholas Schiralli cannot transfer into the Lake Juvenile Court, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Friday.
Mediation failed to resolve the feud over filling the Lake Juvenile Court vacancy. So now it's up to the Indiana Supreme Court to order that state law be obeyed.
The Indiana Supreme Court's decision to use a mediator to settle a dispute over the Lake Juvenile Court vacancy is baffling. What is there to mediate? The law is the law.
The Indiana Supreme Court now has a lawsuit, rather than letters, to consider in deciding whether the next Lake Juvenile Court judge should be chosen by merit selection, as the law requires, or by transfer, as Lake County's judges hope. The high court must choose to follow the law.
State legislators overreached their authority when they passed a law prohibiting judges from transferring to a different court unless they have gone through merit selection, Chief Judge John Pera wrote Monday in a letter to the Indiana Supreme Court.
INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mike Pence is siding with Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura, his new director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, in favoring merit selection to replace her as head of Lake County's Juvenile Court.
Lake Juvenile Court Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura is asking the Indiana Supreme Court to issue an order requiring her replacement be chosen through merit selection rather than seniority, according to letters obtained Friday by The Times.
INDIANAPOLIS | In addition to the dozens of candidates for local, state and federal offices that Hoosiers will elect on Nov. 6, Northwest Indiana residents will help decide whether two Indiana Supreme Court justices and three judges on the state's Court of Appeals will remain in their posts.
INDIANAPOLIS | The state panel that recommends candidates for appellate court judgeships picked up a third task Thursday when an Indiana Court of Appeals judge announced he's retiring.
INDIANAPOLIS | Gov. Mitch Daniels will not deviate from his criteria of merit, qualifications, principles and temperament in selecting Indiana's next Supreme Court justice — even as pressure grows to appoint a woman to the state's high court.
INDIANAPOLIS | The selection process that began in December when Chief Justice Randall Shepard announced his retirement ends Monday when Mark Massa takes the oath of office to become Indiana's 107th Supreme Court justice.
INDIANAPOLIS | The days of contested elections for judge of Lake Superior Court appear to be numbered.
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