Indiana Code - Civil Law and Procedure - Title 34, Section 34-35-1-5
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Absence or loss of judge; selection of attorney to serve as
Sec. 5. (a) This section applies if a judge is prevented from
presiding during any session of court by reason of:
(1) death, sickness, or other casualty; or
(2) the judge's failure to attend or appear for any period of three
so that the court will lapse.
(b) The sheriff may adjourn the court from day to day.
(c) If the judge fails to appear under subsection (a)(2):
(1) the clerk, the sheriff, and the auditor; or
(2) in case of the absence of the clerk, the sheriff, or the auditor,
the two (2) who are present, together with the recorder of the
may elect any competent and reputable attorney to act as judge.
(d) If the attorney elected under subsection (c) accepts, the
attorney shall qualify as other judges, and the attorney's
appointment, with the reason for the appointment and the attorney's
oath, shall be entered on the order book.
(e) A judge selected under this section (or IC 34-1-13-5 before its
repeal) may preside until:
(1) the return of the regular judge;
(2) in case of death, until the judge's successor is named; or
(3) in case of vacancy or if the judge is required to be absent,
until a successor is named by the proper authority.
As added by P.L.1-1998, SEC.31.
Last modified: May 25, 2006