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Geoffrey Slaughter named 109th Supreme Court Justice by Governor

MAY 9, 2016 | Announcement

Governor Mike Pence named Geoffrey Slaughter as the 109th Indiana Supreme Court Justice. Mr. Slaughter was one of three finalists for the position on the state's high court after the April retirement of Justice Brent E. Dickson. 30 judges and lawyers from across the state applied for the position. Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush welcomed Slaughter to the Court and said, "Geoff is respected by colleagues, clients and opposing counsel. He has earned a reputation for thoughtful analysis of complex legal issues, a concise writing style, and a courteous manner. I am pleased to welcome him to the Indiana Supreme Court."

According to the Indiana Constitution and state statute, a seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) is required to recruit and select candidates to fill vacancies on Indiana appellate courts. The JNC considered applicants' legal education, writings, reputation in the practice of law, and other pertinent information. It also conducted in-person public interviews with the applicants. After deliberations in executive session on March 4, the JNC publicly voted to send the three nominees to the Governor. The Governor made the final selection.

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