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CROWN POINT — Three nominees were announced Tuesday to fill a seat on the Lake Superior Court vacated this summer by Judge Elizabeth F. Tavitas.

The nominees' names to be submitted to Gov. Eric Holcomb for consideration are Lisa A. Berdine, Thomas P. Hallett and Nanette K. Raduenz, all magistrate judges with experience in family law, according to a news release from the Indiana Judicial Branch.

Raduenz and Hallett are both magistrates in Tavitas' former court – Lake Superior Court's Family Division 3. Berdine is a magistrate in the Lake Circuit Court's Domestic Relations Division. Tavitas was appointed by Holcomb in July to serve on the Indiana Court of Appeals.

The nominees were selected from among 13 candidates after a day of interviews held Tuesday in the Lake County Government Center. The nominees were selected by the Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission, which was chaired by Indiana Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey G. Slaughter.

The Lake County Bar Association conducted an anonymous survey asking local attorneys to rate the candidates in advance of Tuesday's interviews. Raduenz and Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Belzeski ranked highest overall among the candidates. Hallett ranked third overall and Berdine ranked seventh overall.

Under state law, the commission must submit to the governor a list of three candidates with written evaluations of each candidate, the release states. The governor will have 60 days to name the new judge.

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Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.