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Governor Mike Pence announced Monday that Indianapolis attorney Geoffrey Slaughter will be appointed as the new Supreme Court Justice.

Slaughter worked as special counsel to the Attorney General of Indiana from 1995 to 2001.

Announcing his choice for the Supreme Court Justice appointment, Governor Mike Pence said he received a hand-written note from former Justice Randall Shepard praising Slaughter.

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The Indiana Supreme Court went back to its roots Wednesday, holding an oral argument in the state’s original Supreme Court courtroom in Corydon.

The Supreme Court holds oral arguments around the state every year so people can see the state’s high court in their local communities. But Chief Justice Loretta Rush says the trip to the original Supreme Court courtroom in Corydon – the state’s first capitol – presented unique challenges.

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As Brent Dickson's 30-year tenure on the Indiana Supreme Court draws to a close, IUPUI's McKinney School of Law is looking at the precedents he leaves behind.

The former chief justice was a spectator as six attorneys and law professors dissected key rulings in civil, criminal, and constitutional law, from among the more than 700 majority opinions Dickson has authored.

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During her annual State of the Judiciary Address Wednesday, Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush said in the year of the state’s Bicentennial, the court system will seek to be, in her words, more nimble, affordable, accessible and user-friendly.

Indiana’s mounting drug crisis has captured the attention of the governor and lawmakers over the last year. Rush says it’s no different for Indiana’s trial court judges. She cites a Fayette County judge who says his county of just 23,000, saw 30 heroin overdoses in 30 days. And Rush says the state’s drug courts will play a vital role.

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Governor Mike Pence will have an opportunity for the first time in his administration to appoint a Supreme Court Justice after Brent Dickson announced his plans Monday to retire.  

Dickson, who’s served on the State Supreme Court since 1986, says jokingly he doesn’t know why Governor Robert Orr appointed him nearly 30 years ago.  But he says he’s proud of the focus he’s had on ensuring lawyer civility during his time on the bench…and says collegiality should be a priority for the next justice.

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Justices on Indiana’s Supreme Court and its Court of Appeals judges will get the chance to sit on the bench longer under a bill headed for the state House of Representatives.

The Indiana Constitution requires judges on the Supreme and Appeals courts to retire by an age set by the General Assembly. Current law sets the age at 75.

The bill from Senator Jim Buck, R-Kokomo, would raise the age to 80. That same bill failed in the Senate last year by a 24-24 vote.

This year it squeaked by with a 27-20 margin.

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The Indiana Supreme Court ruled against labor unions Thursday, upholding the state’s right-to-work law as constitutional.

The controversial measure, which sparked protests when the legislature passed it in 2012, bars union contracts that require non-members pay fees for representation.

The court unanimously rejected a union claim that the measure violates a provision of the Indiana Constitution that prohibits the state from demanding services without compensation.

Indiana's First Female Chief Justice To Be Sworn In Today

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New Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush will be sworn in today, two weeks after her selection as the state's first female chief justice.

The former Tippecanoe County judge was appointed to the high court by former Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012.

Rush will replace current Chief Justice Brent Dickson, who announced in June that he would step down as chief justice but remain an associate justice.

Governor Mike Pence will administer the oath of office to Rush at the court's Statehouse law library.

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Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta Rush will become Indiana’s new Chief Justice, the first woman to lead the state’s highest court.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports on the decision made Wednesday by the Judicial Nominating Commission:

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A panel investigating Indiana’s pro bono legal system says lawyers shouldn’t be rewarded with continuing education credits for providing free and low-cost legal services to Hoosiers in need.  

Chief Justice Brent Dickson mentioned the need to boost pro bono efforts in his 2013 State of the Judiciary address, his first as Chief Justice. 

In his address this year, he talked about the results of a study that examined civil law cases in the state.

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