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Holcomb Chooses Wabash County’s Goff To Fill Indiana Supreme Court Vacancy

Posted On June 12, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Judge Christopher M. Goff was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Eric Holcomb on Monday, June 12. Photo provided.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A small town judge has been named the newest justice on the Indiana Supreme Court.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb on Monday announced Wabash County Superior Court Judge Christopher M. Goff to an open position on the court. Goff will replace former Justice Robert D. Rucker, who retired in May after 18 years with the state’s highest court.

“To say that I am humbled in this moment would be an understatement. I am about to follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest jurists in the history of our great state,” Goff said. “In doing so, I am keenly aware that I am not replacing Justice Robert Rucker; I am merely succeeding him. The weight and responsibility of this role certainly are not lost on me. I can only hope that, in time, through humility, hard work and a lot of help from others, my service on the court will help make Indiana an even greater place than it already is.”

Goff is Holcomb’s first appointment to the Indiana Supreme Court. He was chosen from among three finalists, including Clark County Circuit Court Judge Vicki L. Carmichael and Boone County Superior Court Judge Matthew C. Kincaid.

“I am glad to share that we have an outstanding appointment in Christopher Goff. He has profound respect for the Constitution and the rights and principles embodied within it. What’s more, he is a critical, forward thinker with the ability to relate to everyday Hoosiers. These qualities make him uniquely qualified to serve,” said Holcomb.

The 45-year-old Goff was appointed to Wabash Superior Court in 2005, handling general civil and criminal cases. He implemented the Wabash County Drug Court and the Family Drug Treatment Court to help reduce recidivism and save lives. He is also active in several organizations including the Indiana Domestic Violence Prevention Partnership and the Northeast Indiana Regional Mental Health Court.

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush welcomed Goff to the court.

“The legal profession and his local community already know of Judge Goff’s superb legal abilities; now the entire state will benefit from his wisdom and integrity. He is a faithful servant to the Constitution and the laws of our great state and nation,” she said.

Goff will be formally installed on the court at a later date to be determined.

With Goff’s appointment by Holcomb, the Indiana Supreme Court will be made up of exclusively white justices. Rucker was the lone African American member.

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