Judge Robert R. Altice Jr. became chief judge of the 15 member Court of Appeals of Indiana on Jan. 1

The judges of the Court of Appeals   elected Altice to a three-year term as chief, succeeding   Cale Bradford, who  led the lower appellate court since 2020.  A new chief judge is elected every three years.

Altice’s served  15 years on the Marion Superior Court, where he  was presiding judge from 2009-2011.  Prior to his judicial service, he spent  16 years in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, including three years as chief of the Felony Division;  practiced law  in Indianapolis, where he concentrated on insurance defense;  and practiced  in Kansas City, Missouri, where he focused on medical malpractice defense.    He was also a deputy prosecutor in Jackson County, Missouri. During his time as a trial judge, he presided over more than 250 major felony jury trials and 15 civil jury trials.

Altice earned his undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio, a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from the University of Central Missouri and a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

As chief judge, Altice will represent the court at public and private events, attending ceremonies, serve  as liaison to the legislative and executive branches of government, and  be in charge of the court’s administrative functions.