Indiana moved to eliminate non-attorney judges in 2015, now some legislators want them back

Members of Indiana’s House have introduced a bill that would effectively repeal a 2015 law that requires newly elected Town and City Judges be attorneys.

As discussed here last May, HB 1110 of 2015 provides that all Town and City judges currently in office can remain and even be re-elected, but those who follow must be lawyers. HB 1110 became effective July 1, 2015.

HB 1039 of 2016, however, would revert the statutory language back, providing that only Town and City judges in locations specified prior to July 2015 must be attorneys.

HB 1039 has been assigned to the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee.

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