Circuit court judge candidates: experience is key

Race for Tippecanoe County circuit court judge is heating up.
Race for Tippecanoe County circuit court judge is heating up.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Candidates for Tippecanoe County circuit court judge have more than 40 years of family law experience combined.

Superior Court five judge Les Meade is in the running for circuit court judge.

“I’ve always missed the variety of work that’s done in circuit court and that’s what I’d like to go back to,” Meade said. “It’s closer to the practice and the breadth of the practice that I had for 25 years.”

Circuit court is primarily a family law court. Meade said it’s the kind of work he wants to handle.

“All of these multi-party, complex litigations, that’s the sort of work I was involved in for 25 years and it’s an opportunity to actually to provide that experience and service back to the community,” Meade said.

Meade wants to change the overall attitude in the courthouse and working relationships between judges. He said right now there is an idea that some courts are more important than others, an idea he wants to change.

“This is the fundamental change that I think we need to see and why serving in circuit court is necessary to bring that attitude,” Meade said.

His opponent Earl McCoy said his experience in the courtroom is what sets him apart.

“It’s truly circuit court experience that you need. I’ve handled almost three times as many circuit court cases as my opponent,” McCoy said. “Those are the cases that are going to come before the judge in circuit court and those are the cases I’ve spent the last 17 years of my practice handling.”

McCoy said he’s running for judge after finding a knack for helping families work together and make decisions.

“Try to help them put their personal differences aside and it became pretty apparent that I think I can better serve the community as judge than as an advocate for one side or another,” McCoy said.

Circuit court also handles some criminal cases. McCoy said after handling murder and death penalty cases he feels prepared for whatever comes his way.

“I think it’s important to have an attorney who is going to sit as judge in that court to actually have death penalty cases or murder case experience,” McCoy said.

Heading into the primary election May 6, both candidates hope their experience will win the votes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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