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Bartholomew County
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Superior Court I Judge

Jim Worton (R)


Educational Background: Graduate , Columbus North High School, Bachelor’s Degree, Indiana University; Doctor of Jurisprudence, Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.

Background: James “Jim” Worton is a life-long Bartholomew County residence and was elected as Judge of Superior Court I in the 2012 election, taking office January 1, 2013. Prior to being elected, Judge Worton was a managing partner at the Columbus law firm of Worton & Rohde.

In addition to his legal background, Judge Worton served on the Columbus Police Department, retiring after 20 years of service. He served four years as Chief of Police.  Judge Worton is also an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at Ivy Tech Community College, where he teaches various courses in the Criminal Justice and Paralegal programs.

Legal Activities: Member, Indiana Judges Association,  Member and Past Vice-President, Bartholomew County Bar Association, Member, Indiana Bar Association, Past Member, Indianapolis Bar Association,  Past Member, American Bar Association, Past Member, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Bartholomew County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, Past Member, Bartholomew County Domestic Violence Action Team, Past member, Bartholomew County Substance Abuse Council

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