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Attorney Geoffrey Slaughter appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court

By Alaa Abdeldaiem TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence announced Monday his appointment of Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter as the 109th Justice to the Indiana Supreme Court. Slaughter, who is currently a partner in the Indianapolis office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, was one of three finalists recommended by the state’s Judicial Nomination Commission […]

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Indiana Supreme Court upholds Indianapolis smoking ban

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers who want to avoid second hand smoke can continue to breathe easy in Indianapolis after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled to uphold the current smoking ban. The Indianapolis ordinance was first passed in 2005, banning smoking in public businesses. The original ordinance exempted bars and taverns that had […]

Commentary: The human beings beneath the robes

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Commentary: The human beings beneath the robes

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Supreme Court Justices have first names. And they even use them with each other. That’s one thing I learn from talking with Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush and Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson. We’re doing a radio show on the state’s highest court. We’d started out […]

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Gov. to pick from three nominees for the Indiana Supreme Court

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence will consider three nominees to fill a vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court. Justice Brent Dickson is retiring in April and leaving an empty seat on the court. The Judicial Nominating Commission selected St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Steven Hostetler, Boone Superior Court Judge Matthew Kincaid and […]

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Finalists named for open Indiana Supreme Court seat

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Fifteen finalists have been named for the open seat on the Indiana Supreme Court. Justice Brent Dickson is retiring in April after 30 years as a judicial branch leader. Thirty judges and lawyers submitted applications. One withdrew his name from consideration. The Judicial Nominating Commission interviewed 29. The commission considers […]

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Application process underway for state’s highest court

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – If you have a desire to sit on Indiana’s highest court, now would be the time to apply. Applications to replace retiring Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson have a tentative due date of Jan. 25. Dickson has served the state as justice for the past 30 years. “Indiana has […]

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Indiana Justice Brent Dickson announces spring 2016 retirement

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Justice Brent E. Dickson announced his retirement plans on Monday for spring 2016. “During my 17 years of general and trial practice as a lawyer in Lafayette, it had never occurred to me to seek appellate judicial service,” Dickson said in a statement. “But at the suggesting and urging […]

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Bill would raise mandatory retirement age for appellate judges to 80

By Ashley Shuler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would raise the mandatory judicial retirement age for appellate courts from 75 years to 80 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. The bill’s author, Sen. Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, said he’s tried to remove the mandatory retirement age completely with past bills, which passed the House […]

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Right-to-work law is constitutional says Indiana Supreme Court

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Supreme Court has upheld a controversial right-to-work law as constitutional after determining no union is required to represent a specific group of workers. The unanimous decision ends two court challenges to the law and overturns decisions by two Lake County judges who had declared it unconstitutional. Those […]

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Rush makes Hoosier history

Chief Justice Loretta Rush makes Hoosier history from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Emily Metheny TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Justice Loretta Rush made history Monday by being sworn in as Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court – the fist woman to hold the position in the state’s history. Rush is taking the place of Brent Dickson, […]

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