Criminal Justice

Interim Judge Named For Lake County Juvenile Courts

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Senior Indiana Judge Thomas Webber of Porter County will temporarily take control of the Lake County Juvenile Justice Center while Lake County judges fight over who should replace Judge Mary Beth Bonaventura.  She is now the new director of the Indiana Department of Child Services in Indianapolis.  Nicholas Schiralli was named to replace Bonaventura, but the other 15 Superior Court judges said they should be chosen over Schiralli.  Bonaventura said her replacement should be governed by Indiana’s merit selection law…. where any attorney in the county can apply.  Those arguments will be decided by the Indiana Supreme Court.


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