On Thursday, February 1, 2024, WIBC 93.1 FM reported that Madison County Judge Scott A. Norrick had been charged with four counts of judicial misconduct by the Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications.
The Commission alleged that Judge Norrick failed to properly oversee his staff, which led to errors in case processing and entries that resulted in the dismissal of multiple criminal cases. Between January 2021 and March 2023, approximately 40 criminal cases saw delayed trial dates, un-updated warrants, and unclear records of hearings and future proceedings. As a result of these administrative issues, 16 of the cases were dismissed for not being tried in a timely manner according to Indiana law.
In addition, the charges claimed that Judge Norrick did not appropriately recuse himself from cases involving Landmark Accounts, a company he had previously worked for as a lawyer. Several of Landmark’s cases were heard in Madison Circuit Court 5, where Judge Norrick now presided. After being elected to the bench, Judge Norrick’s son took over the legal representation of Landmark, potentially creating a conflict of interest for the judge. While Judge Norrick said he never directly oversaw any Landmark cases, records filed by his staff made it appear as such.
The Commission asserted these actions violated the Code of Judicial Conduct. If found guilty, it will be up to the Supreme Court of Indiana to determine what discipline, if any, should be imposed on Judge Norrick. He has been given 20 days to appeal the charges.
Source: WIBC 93.1 FM