Judicial selection in Indiana varies depending on the level of court. Supreme and Appellate court justices are chosen by appointment. Candidates for these courts are chosen by a nominating commission and, from those candidates, the Governor makes the final appointment.
Circuit and Superior court judges are primarily chosen in partisan elections. Exceptions to this include: Circuit Court candidates in Vanderburgh County and Superior Court candidates in Allen County, who face non-partisan elections. Also, judges in Lake and St. Joseph Counties are appointed by the Governor. Judges of all court levels, once in office, must face retention elections at the end of their terms.
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