What is Indiana’s judicial retention system and how does it work?

Published 03/19/2015 03:55 PM   |    Updated 12/06/2016 10:42 PM
What is Indiana's judicial retention system and how does it work?

In Indiana, the electorate decides whether appellate judges should be retained on the bench.

Judges of the Court of Appeals of Indiana and Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court are appointed by the governor and then stand for retention by voters in the first general election after they have served two years, and every 10 years thereafter. Citizens decide whether to retain a judge on the bench by a yes or no vote.

The retention system ensures that Indiana's judges decide cases without political influence. For more information, visit http://courts.in.gov/2660.htm.
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