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Meet the Judges

Circuit Court 1

“I want to administer the court efficiently, and I want everyone who appears in my court to feel they were treated fairly and had their day in court.”

Judge Marianne Vorhees

Timothy Hollems, Master Commissioner

Phone: (765) 747-7780
Fax: (765) 741-5792

Biography:

Marianne Vorhees was elected to Delaware Circuit Court No. 1 in 2004 and 2010.

A Muncie native, she graduated from Ball State University (B.A. 1980) and the University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D. 1983).

She also served as a part-time Master Commissioner from 1993 to 2000, and as a full-time Master Commissioner from 2000 to 2002.

Judge Vorhees completed the Indiana Graduate Program for Judges in 2007.

Other services:

  • Board of Law Examiners, Board of Directors, 1996 to 2006

  • Member, Board of Directors, Indiana Board of Law Examiners, 1996-2006

  • Member, Board of Directors, Judicial Conference of Indiana, 2006-present

  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee, Judicial Conference of Indiana

Court Schedule

  1. Criminal hearings shall commence on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.

  2. Criminal jury trials shall commence on Mondays or Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. 

  3. Civil jury trials shall commence on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m.

  4. Domestic Relation Cases shall commence on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m

Fun fact: Judge Vorhees cherishes family time with her husband, Skip, and three children.  She also enjoys reading books, playing tennis and working out at the Muncie Family YMCA.

Circuit Court 2

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

Judge Kimberly S. Dowling
Timothy Hollems, Master Commissioner

Amanda Yonally, Juvenile Magistrate

Phone: (765) 747-7784
Fax: (765) 747-7745

Biography:

Kimberly Dowling was elected to Circuit Court No. 2 in November 2012. Judge Dowling completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Denver in 1981. She graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 1984. She currently lives in Daleville, Ind. Judge Dowling served as Master Commissioner in Superior Court 3 from 1996 to 1998. She was also Commissioner for Title IV-D Court from 1998 to 2000.
Organizations:

  • Delaware Co. Bar Association, president (2010)

  • Prevent Child Abuse Council, Delaware Co., member (2010-present)

  • Indiana State Bar Association Board of Governors (2011-13)

  • Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, 2007 to present

  • Judicial Conference of Indiana, Board of Directors, 2006 to present

  • Civil Jury Instructions Committee

  • Strategic Planning Committee

Court Schedule:

  1. Criminal hearings shall commence on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 

  2. Criminal jury trials shall commence on Mondays at 8:30 a.m. 

  3. Civil jury trials shall commence on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.

  4. Non-contested Civil/Domestic/Juvenile Paternity Cases shall commence on Fridays at 9:00 a.m.

  5. Contested Civil/Domestic/Juvenile Paternity Cases shall commence on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; and Fridays at 1:30 p.m.

  6. Proceedings Supplemental Hearings for Civil Cases shall commence on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.

Fun Fact: Judge Dowling was head majorette for her high school marching band.      

Circuit Court 3

“I treat all persons in a courteous and respectful manner.  It is most important for me to listen very carefully and patiently to all before I make a decision. Each litigant deserves to have his or her day in court.  I make every effort to adjudicate each case in a fair and impartial manner and follow the law.”

Judge Linda Wolf
Timothy Hollems, Master Commissioner​

Phone: (765) 747-7782
Fax: (765) 747-7748

Biography:

Linda Wolf was elected to Delaware Circuit Court No. 3 in 2008. She graduated Cum Laude from Hanover College (B.A. 1976) and is a graduate of Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington (J.D. 1979). She also graduated from the Indiana Judicial College in 2013.
Judge Wolf was an attorney in the general practice of law from 1979 through 2008. Prior to being elected as judge of Circuit Court No. 3, Wolf served as judge of Muncie City Court for 21 years.  She also served as Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Delaware County, Ind. from 1980 to 1983. Judge Wolf was an assistant professor in the criminal justice department and an adjunct instructor in the political science department at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. throughout the early 1990s.Judge Wolf is a former president of the Muncie-Delaware County Bar Association and the Delaware County Community Corrections Advisory Committee. She also served as president of the Altrusa Club, an international service club, and co-chair of the steering committee for Muncie Stand Down, an annual event for local veterans.
Organizations:

  • Muncie-Delaware County Bar Association

  • Indiana Judges Association

  • American Bar Association

  • Indiana State Bar Association

  • Cox-Ratliff Inn of Court

Awards:

  • Vivian Conley Leadership Award

  • Concerned Citizens League Award

  • Muncie Clean and Beautiful Government Operations Award

  • Muncie Black Expo Trailblazer Award

Court Schedule:

  1. Criminal hearings shall commence on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.

  2. Criminal jury trials shall commence on Mondays or Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. 

  3. Civil jury trials shall commence on Mondays or Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.

  4. Domestic Relation Cases shall commence on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and Fridays at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

  5. Civil cases shall commence on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. ​​

Fun fact: Judge Wolf loves history and has researched her family’s background dating back to the 1600’s.  Some of her ancestors were early settlers in Indiana, making Wolf a fifth-generation Hoosier.

Circuit Court 4

Judge John M. Feick

Phone: (765) 747-7770
Fax: (765) 747-7833

Biography:

Judge Feick was elected to Circuit Court No. 4 in November 2002. A Muncie native, Feick completed his undergraduate degree at Wabash College in 1973 and his law degree from Indiana University – Indianapolis in 1978. Prior to becoming the judge for Circuit Court No. 4 Feick was in private practice for 24 years and was a public defender from 1981 to 2002. He was also the Delaware County attorney from 1996 to 2000.
Organizations:

  • Muncie Bar Association (President 1994-95)

  • Muncie Community Schools Board of School Trustees, 1983-91:2000-2002 (President 1985-86, 1988-89, and 2001-02)

Court Schedule:

  1. Criminal hearings shall commence on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. and Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

  2. Forensic Diversion Drug Court shall commence on Mondays at 1:30 p.m. and Veteran’s Court shall commence on Mondays at 2:30 p.m.

  3. Criminal Jury Trials shall commence on Mondays at 8:30 a.m. for A, B, and C Felonies and on Fridays at 8:30 a.m. for D Felonies.

  4. Civil jury trials will commence on Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays at 8:30 a.m.

  5. Domestic Relations cases are held on Tuesdays.

  6. Small Claims bench trials shall commence on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. for Self-Represented Litigants. 

Fun fact: Judge Feick was born on his father’s birthday.

Circuit Court 5

Judge Thomas A. Cannon Jr.
Timothy Hollems, Master Commissioner

Phone: (765) 747-7772
Fax: (765) 747-7834

Biography

Thomas Cannon Jr. was elected to Delaware County Circuit Court No. 5 in 2009.

 A Muncie native, Judge Cannon graduated from Indiana University (B.A. 1970) and is a graduate of Indiana University McKinney School of Law (J.D. 1973).

Judge Cannon was a former Delaware County Council attorney from 1976 to 1982 and from 1987 to 1990, as well as a former deputy public defender from 2001 to 2005. He served in the United States Army Reserve from 1970-81. Judge Cannon was a partner at Cannon and Bruns from 1974 to 2009. He also served as appointed juvenile court referee from 1978 to 2000.

Other services:

  • Meridian Services, 1975 to 1980

  • Youth Service Bureau, 1981 to 1991

  • Muncie Endurathon, Inc., 1990 to 1998

  • Muncie Family YMCA, 1998 to 2006

Court Schedule

  1. Criminal hearings shall commence on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; and Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

  2. Criminal Jury Trials shall commence on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. for Class A, B and C felonies and on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. for Class D felonies and Criminal Misdemeanors.

  3. Civil cases shall commence on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. (This includes Small Claims: Ejectments, Initial Hearings, Bench Trials, Damage Hearings, and Summary Judgments.)

  4. Civil cases shall commence on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. (This includes Estates, Guardianships, and Tax Sales.)

  5. Domestic Relation Cases shall commence on Fridays at 9:00 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m.

Fun Fact: In the 1960's, I played keyboards in a rock and roll band called "The Fables" managed by "BCJ Productions". Also, my struggles with the game of golf are chronicled as a caricature, "The Judge", in a cartoon strip, "The Sandbagger", drawn by and posted on the Facebook page of a golfing buddy of mine. 

 

 

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