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Indiana Chief Justice Shepard To Retire In March

Shepard will step down in March as the longest serving state court chief justice in the country.

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Photo: Ben Skirvin / WFIU

Chief Justice Randall Terry Shepard waves from the podium prior to the start of the State of the Judiciary Speech.

Chief Justice Randall Shepard announced Wednesday he will retire after 25 years leading the state Supreme Court.

Shepard will step down in March as the longest serving state court chief justice in the country. And he says it’s not a coincidence he’s retiring on his 25th anniversary in that role.

“I’ve decided that it’s right to let somebody else have that sort of opportunity and to find something new to do.”

Shepard says he doesn’t yet know what he will pursue next. Before he leaves the Court, he will play a role in finding his replacement. The Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission, which Shepard chairs, will interview candidates for associate justice in February. Shepard says making sure the members of the Court reflect the people of Indiana is an important consideration.

“I think the Court is a stronger place if it is a representative place and that does have to do with gender, it has to do with race.”

The Nominating Commission sends three candidates to Governor Mitch Daniels, who selects the state’s next justice. The new Chief Justice is elected by the Nominating Commission, but Shepard says he will not take part in that decision.

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