Authors: Senator Joseph Zakas, Senator Ryan Mishler
Co-authors: Senator John Broden
Joseph County courts. Allows the: (1) judge of the St. Joseph circuit court to appoint one additional full-time magistrate, without considering the political affiliation of a candidate for magistrate, for a total of three full-time magistrates; and (2) judges of the St. Joseph superior court to jointly appoint two additional full-time magistrates for a total of four full-time magistrates, not more than two of whom may be from the same political party. Provides that meetings of the St. Joseph judicial nominating commission (commission) must be held at a place in: (1) the St. Joseph County courthouse; or (2) another building owned or operated by St. Joseph County; in South Bend as the clerk of the St. Joseph superior court may arrange. Provides that the commission shall act only by the concurrence of a majority of its members.