Today, Brent E. Dickson announced he will step down as Chief Justice of Indiana. He will continue his role as an Associate Justice until July 2016 when he is subject to mandatory retirement at age 75.
According to the Indiana Constitution, the 7 member Judicial Nominating Commission is tasked with selecting a Chief Justice for a 5 year term.
However, immediately, since he will remain on the Court, the Commission will not need to fill a vacancy.
Chief Justice Dickson expects to step down from his leadership role sometime before September 1.
Among the major initiatives during his tenure as Chief Justice, Dickson revitalized the use of volunteer attorneys to provide civil legal aid to the needy.
He expanded efforts to bring the Court's trial court technology system to all Indiana courts. He also initiated the reform of Indiana's pre-trial release system to enhance public safety, reduce taxpayer expense, and provide greater fairness.