After an illustrious four-decade career dedicated to public service, U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael G. Gotsch, Sr., has declared his intent to retire in August 2024. His impending retirement from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana marks the culmination of a remarkable journey.
Judge Gotsch, with nearly twenty years as a judge and seven years in the federal judiciary, has left an enduring legacy. His tenure as St. Joseph Circuit Court Judge saw transformative initiatives, including repurposing an old jail into spaces for courts and community programs.
A trailblazer in advocating for domestic violence victims, Judge Gotsch pioneered the Civil Protective Order (CPO) Court, prioritizing their protection. His pivotal role in implementing the Odyssey Case Management System across Indiana courts underscores his commitment to efficient judicial processes.
His contributions were widely recognized, earning accolades from esteemed legal organizations. Chief Judge Holly A. Brady expressed profound gratitude for Judge Gotsch’s invaluable service, acknowledging his lasting impact on the courts and communities.
With the announcement of his retirement, the Northern District of Indiana seeks applicants to fill the vacancy, continuing the legacy of service Judge Gotsch has exemplified throughout his distinguished career.