3 finalists chosen for next Indiana High Court vacancy | News

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state commission has selected three finalists from whom Gov. Eric Holcomb will choose to fill a vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court when Justice Steven David retires later this year.

The Judicial Nominating Commission voted on Tuesday to select from its three Grant finalists Superior Court Judge Dana Kenworthy, state Court of Appeals Judge Derek Molter and Justin Forkner, who is the administrative director of the High Court.

Once the names of the three nominees are sent to Holcomb, the Republican will have 60 days to choose one of them as David’s successor on the five-judge tribunal.

They were chosen as finalists after commission members interviewed 19 contestants and chose 10 finalists in early March. These 10 were invited to appear on Tuesday for a second round of interviews.

The High Court said on Tuesday that in selecting the three finalists, the commission took into account the candidates’ “legal training, writings, reputation in the practice of law and other relevant information”.

David was appointed to the court by the governor at the time. Mitch Daniels in 2010 upon the retirement of Judge Ted Boehm and he is the court’s longest-serving current judge.

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