Judicial officers honored for higher education, service

Dozens of judicial officers including four from Hamilton County were recognized for their individual commitment to higher education and long-time service to the judicial branch during a 2012 Indiana Judicial Center conference.

“More than 50 judicial officers were honored this year for their participation in a number of different judicial education programs. I commend these judicial officers for their commitment to ensuring justice for the citizens of Indiana,” said Chief Justice Brent E. Dickson.

Superior Court No. 6 Judge Gail Bardach and Magistrate David K. Najjar completed 120 hours of judicial education to receive the IJC Certificate. The programs offered are designed for judicial officers to enhance their legal knowledge and improve their personal and professional growth and development.

Bardach and Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge Paul Felix completed the Graduate Program for Judges, an in-depth and intensive learning experience which requires one week of course work for two consecutive summers with additional assignments.

Superior Court No. 3 Judge William J. Hughes was one of eight judicial officers awarded with 24 Year Certificates for long-time service on the bench.