Ind. Supreme Court Chief Justice Dickson Will Step Down
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – For the second time in two years, Indiana will require a new chief justice.
Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court Brent E. Dickson announced Wednesday that he will step down from the leadership role by September 1st. Dickson said he’ll continue to serve as an associate justice on the state’s highest court until 2016, when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 75.
Dickson has been chief justice since 2012, succeeding Randall T. Shepard. He has been a member of the court for 28 years overall.
“It has been a great joy and a privilege to have helped continue the Court’s tradition of excellence—especially with four hard-working colleagues who are devoted to the law,” Dickson told the Indiana Judicial Nomination Commission in a letter. “I am looking forward to being able to spend most of my time in legal research, deciding cases, and writing opinions.”
Governor Mike Pence said Dickson has served the state well for his two years heading the Supreme Court.
“I know him to be a man of great faith, and I applaud his long-standing commitment to public service in the legal system and look forward to his continued wisdom as he remains on the court,” Pence remarked in a statement.
The seven-member nominating commission – of which Dickson and Pence are members – will select the state’s next chief justice. Justices Robert Rucker, Steven David, Mark Massa, and Loretta Rush will be invited to meet with the commission in a public meeting on August 6 to discuss the role of Chief Justice.
Following the public portion of the meeting, the commission will go to a closed-door executive session, then come back into the public eye to announce its selection for the new top judge.
“Knowing that my tenure as Chief Justice was limited, each Associate Justice has actively participated in much of the administrative responsibilities and decisions of the office of Chief Justice,” Pence observed. “The time is right for this transition. The Court and state will be well served when one of my colleagues is selected as the next Chief Justice.”