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Brent Dickson named new state Supreme Court chief justice

by Brandon Smith

May 15, 2012

Brent Dickson, the Indiana Supreme Court’s most senior member, is the state’s new chief justice.   Dickson has been the acting chief justice for the last seven weeks, since Chief Justice Randall Shepard retired.   Four of the justices eligible for the post interviewed with the Judicial Nominating Commission today.  Only Justice Frank Sullivan, who is retiring, did not.    Dickson says he didn’t initially want the top job but was convinced by others to accept it.

Chief justices serve five-year terms.  But Dickson will have to retire no later than 2016, when he reaches the state’s mandatory retirement age.  He says he hasn’t decided whether he’ll serve until that date.