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Bar members say ‘yes’ to judges up for retention next month

Wednesday, October 7, 2020  
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INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 7, 2020) – The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) has completed its compilation of the 2020 Judicial Retention Poll responses. Results indicate strong support by ISBA members of Indiana Supreme Court Justice Christopher M. Goff and Indiana Court of Appeals Judges Lloyd Mark Bailey, Cale J. Bradford, Elaine B. Brown, Melissa S. May, Margret G. Robb, and Elizabeth F. Tavitas, all seeking retention on the Nov. 3 Election Day ballot.

The Judicial Retention Poll asks ISBA members if, in their opinion, each Indiana Supreme Court or Court of Appeals judge up for retention in the General Election should be retained (yes/no). Lawyers are uniquely qualified to evaluate members of the judiciary. Through the Judicial Retention Poll, ISBA members help Indiana voters make an informed decision about their vote to retain a judge.

ISBA members were electronically surveyed between Sept. 9 and Sept. 21. Of the 7,408 members polled, 688 (9%) cast ballots.

The yes/no retention results of the judges are as follows:

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Christopher M. Goff: Yes-89%; No-11%
Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Lloyd Mark Bailey: Yes-88%; No-12%
Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Cale J. Bradford: Yes-87%; No-13%
Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Elaine B. Brown: Yes-83%; No-17%
Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Melissa S. May: Yes-85%; No-15%
Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Margret G. Robb: Yes-85%; No-15%
Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth F. Tavitas: Yes-83%; No-17%

Supreme and Appellate court judges face an approval vote in the first general election that occurs at least two years after their appointment, and every 10 years thereafter. Indiana voters will have an opportunity to cast their ballot concerning the judges’ retention next month.

Additional information about Indiana's Judicial Retention System here: www.in.gov/judiciary/2660.htm.

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Media Contact: Jenna Parsons, 317.639.5465, ext. 34, jparsons@inbar.org