Judge John G. Baker celebrated his 25th year of service on the Indiana Court of Appeals on June 2. He is the longest-serving member of the current court and the sixth longest-serving member in the court’s 113-year history. Baker has written almost 4,600 majority opinions for the court.
Baker is a 1964 graduate of Culver Military Academy and attended Culver Summer Schools & Camps. In 2001, the Indiana Court of Appeals heard arguments on a pending civil case during a special session conducted in Eppley Auditorium. It was attended by Culver Academies students and juniors and seniors from Culver Community and LaVille high schools.
Baker was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1989 from Monroe County, where he served 13 ½ years on the Monroe County and Superior Courts. Prior to that he was in private law practice in Monroe County.
He was chief judge of the Court of Appeals from 2007-2010; served as presiding judge of the First District three different times; and in 2012 was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court’s Marion County Small Claims Courts Task Force.
He was retained by election in 1992, 2002 and 2012.
Besides his judicial duties, Baker is also an educator. He retired last year after 33 years of teaching at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington, and still teaches spring semester at IU McKinney School of Law-Indianapolis. Baker also serves on the Board of Trustees of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill.
Significant developments during Baker’s Court of Appeals service include the expansion of the court from 12 judges from four geographic districts to 15 judges from five districts; and a 1988 constitutional amendment altering the court’s jurisdiction and caseload by shifting a large portion of the Supreme Court’s criminal docket to the Court of Appeals.
Information for this article was supplied by the Indiana Court of Appeals