Rush Named to Second Five-Year Term As Chief Justice


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Rush Named to Second Five-Year Term As Chief Justice

Rush says she hopes to continue push to harness tech to make courts more efficient

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indiana's chief justice has been reappointed to the job.

Indiana Supreme Court justices face voters every 10 years, but the appointment of a chief justice belongs to the seven-member Judicial Nominating Commission, and comes up for review every five years. Loretta Rush's four fellow justices all endorsed her for another five-year term, and the commission unanimously agreed.

Rush calls the job "the opportunity of a lifetime." She says she hopes to keep expanding technology to make Indiana courts more efficient. She says knowing you can bring a dispute to a speedy resolution can be at least as important as the outcome.

Rush says the court is studying whether it's feasible to seek that efficiency by holding hearings on traffic tickets online, so people don't have to miss work to show up in court.

And Rush says she remains concerned about children caught up in the justice system. She wants the courts to track family court cases to make sure children aren't being retraumatized by the experience.

Governor Mitch Daniels named Rush to the court in 2012. She became chief justice two years later when Brent Dickson stepped aside as chief.

As chief justice, Rush is one of the commission's members but recused herself from the vote.

Chief Justice Loretta Rush (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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