Governor Eric Holcomb has selected Christopher Goff as the next Indiana Supreme Court justice. Goff, who has served as a Wabash County Superior Court judge since 2005, succeeds Justice Robert Rucker, who retired from the high court last month.
Holcomb chose Goff after being presented with three finalists for the position by the Judicial Nominating commission. At a press conference Monday, the governor said Goff was "deeply devoted to the cause of justice."
"Judge Goff’s superb personal and professional qualities are evident who everyone who meets him," said Holcomb. "He has a profound respect for the Constitution and the rights and principles embodied within it and his sharp legal mind has been honed by years of practical experience. From my interaction with him, it is immediately apparent he shares the fundamental values of all Hoosiers in mind."
Holcomb called Goff and forward thinker who will be dedicated to making the court system better. Goff said he was humbled by the appointment.
"I am about to follow in the footsteps of one of the greatest jurists in the history of our great state," said Goff. "In doing so, I am keenly aware that I am not replacing Justice Robert Rucker; I am merely succeeding him. The weight and responsibility of this role certainly are not lost on me. I can only hope that, in time, through humility, hard work and a lot of help from others, my service on the court will help make Indiana an even greater place than it already is."
Before being appointed a Wabash County Superior Court judge, Goff helped establish the Huntington County Court Appointed Special Advocate program and served on the Huntington County Police Merit Board. After the Superior Court appointment, Goff implemented the Wabash County Drug Court and the Family Drug Treatment Court.
Clark Circuit Court Judge Vicky Carmichael and Boone Superior Court Judge Matthew Kincaid were the other two nominees for the position. Holcomb’s office says the Indiana Supreme Court will announce details of Goff’s robing ceremony at a later date.