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Indiana's newest Supreme Court justice Derek Molter ceremonially welcomed to the court

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Derek Molter speaks during the press conference announcing his appointment to the court. Molter is a White man with dark hair and a dark beard. He is wearing a dark suit, white shirt and purple tie. He is standing in front of an American flag.
Brandon Smith
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IPB News
Indiana's newest Supreme Court justice Derek Molter was hailed at his ceremonial welcome to the bench as passionate, driven and an "insanely hard worker."

Indiana’s newest Supreme Court justice was hailed Tuesday as balanced, passionate and an “insanely hard worker.”

Derek Molter was welcomed to the Supreme Court in what’s called a “robing” ceremony.

Molter came to his new position from the Indiana Court of Appeals. Chief Judge Cale Bradford said during Molter’s admittedly brief time as an appellate judge, he was known for his balance.

“While he was extremely energetic and engaged with his work – and the youngest judge on our court, at that time – he possessed a certain calmness and wisdom that his team admired,” Bradford said.

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Gov. Eric Holcomb, who appointed Molter to the job in June, said he has a “quintessential Hoosier way about him.”

“This rare combination of being innovative and collaborative – irreproachable character – and yet remains humble,” Holcomb said.

Molter heard his first oral argument as an Indiana Supreme Court justice in September.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.