"We're very proud of this book," said Court of Appeals Judge Nancy Vaidik, a Porter County native. "Each individual judge has 750 words written about them in a story fashion."
Retention elections are the only opportunity for Indiana voters to have a say in who serves on the state's appellate courts.
"It's time for the people of Lake County to have the same rights as the people of Jasper and Porter and almost every other county in the state," said Commissioner Mike Repay, D-Hammond.
"There is no logical, feasible and fair explanation as to why Lake County can't elect its superior court judges," said Councilman Charlie Brown, D-Gary.
The selection of a new Lake Superior Court judge is likely to continue without interruption after a lawsuit challenging the appointment process was revised to no longer apply to the current vacancy.
Documents filed in federal court seek to prevent the Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission from continuing to take steps toward filling the vacancy caused by the death of Judge Diane Boswell.
Lake County attorneys interested in serving as a superior court judge can now apply to fill the vacancy created by the Oct. 19 death of Judge Diane Boswell.
Gov. Eric Holcomb finally has filled his three seats on the Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission after it was controversially reconstituted in April by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.
It may take longer than usual to replace the late Judge Diane Boswell on the bench of the Lake Superior Court.
The Lake County Commissioners unanimously appointed Wednesday three members to the panel that evaluates and recommends judicial candidates to the governor when there's a Superior Court vacancy.
Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush has selected Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa to serve a four-year term as chairman of the Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission beginning July 1.
The Indiana General Assembly approved legislation Wednesday giving the governor a bigger say over which judicial candidates are nominated to him for appointment to the Lake Superior Court.
The Lake County Bar Association is reaching out to Indiana senators trying to halt legislation that dramatically changes how Lake County judges are selected.
So much of life comes down to judgment calls.