Dickson stepping down as Indiana’s chief justice

Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson. (Provided Photo)
Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson. (Provided Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WLFI) — Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson is stepping down from that role, but will remain as an associate justice.

Dickson informed other members of the Judicial Nominating Commission Wednesday he expects to step down sometime before Sept. 1. Dickson chairs the panel.

“It has been a great joy and a privilege to have helped continue the Court’s tradition of excellence — especially with four hard-working colleagues who are devoted to the law,” Dickson said. “I am looking forward to being able to spend most of my time in legal research, deciding cases and writing opinions.”

The commission said it plans to invite the other justices — Robert Rucker, Steven David, Mark Massa and Loretta Rush — to meet with them on Aug. 6 about the chief justice vacancy.

The session will be open to the public. The commission then will deliberate privately to select the next chief justice for a five-year term.

Dickson succeeded Randall Shepard as chief justice in 2012. Born in Gary, Ind. in 1941, he was educated at public schools in Hobart, Ind. Dickson attended Purdue University and received his bachelors degree in 1964, before attending Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law (J.D. 1968).

Dickson practiced law in Lafayette from 1969-1986, when he was named to the State Supreme Court. He faces mandatory retirement when he turns 75 in 2016.

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