Judge Charles Carter Wicks has filed for re-election to the office of judge of the Elkhart Superior Court No. 5 in which he has served since January 2009.
will be a candidate in the Republican primary on May 6.
Wicks points to his
accomplishments as eliminating a large backlog of criminal cases when he
took office by trying 28 criminal jury cases in his
first year and establishing a plea-bargain deadline police which has resulted in efficiency in the ability to try criminal cases in a matter of a few weeks rather than months.
The Elkhart Superior Court No. 5 is a high-volume court which handles more than 1,000 criminal cases a year and has a small claims docket of more than 3,500 cases a year.
also has been able to decide most civil bench cases within a week and those requiring legal research within a month.
Wicks also serves as president of the Elkhart Community Corrections Advisory Board which oversees the Work Release Center and Community Corrections Programs which are an alternative to prison.
also helped reorganize the Teen Court Program through Bashor's Children's Home and received Bashor's "Volunteer of the Year" award in 2009.
Wicks, a Goshen native, previously practiced law for 34 years and served as a part-time deputy prosecuting attorney for 30 years.
From 2001 to 2007 he served as chairman of the Elkhart County Republican Party.
He is a graduate of Tulane University and the Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington and in 2012 graduated from the Indiana Judicial College.
is a United States Air Force veteran and received the Air Force Commendation Medal in 1974.