Lake County native and Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson became acting chief justice of Indiana on Saturday upon the retirement of Chief Justice Randall Shepard.
The Hobart native and former Lafayette attorney was appointed to the Court in 1986 by Governor Bob Orr. Dickson will remain as acting chief until the state Judicial Nominating Commission names a permanent replacement later this year.
The Commission, which also determines the finalists for a Supreme Court vacancy, will choose a new chief justice from the Court’s five members. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathryn Dolan says there is no time frame for that process.
“Right now, the members of the Court family are concentrating on welcoming justice-elect Massa to the Court, beginning the transition plan for his arrival, and we have not yet set a date for his formal swearing-in ceremony,” she says.
Former federal prosecutor Mark Massa was appointed to the bench last week as Shepard’s replacement. Dolan says the Commission will set a timeline for their decision after some of the details of Massa’s arrival are determined.