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Justice Christopher M. Goff


Christopher Michael Goff was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Eric J. Holcomb and took the oath of office as Indiana’s 110th Justice on July 24, 2017, succeeding retired Justice Robert Rucker. He was retained by voters in 2020 with his current term ending December 31, 2030.

Justice Goff was born in Wabash, Indiana, in 1972, and attended schools in both Huntington and Wabash counties. After graduating from Southwood High School, he attended Ball State University, graduating summa cum laude in 1994. He went on to earn his law degree at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law in 1996. He is also a graduate of the Indiana Judicial College and the Indiana Graduate Program for Judges.

After law school, Justice Goff developed a successful private practice in Huntington County while also giving back to his community. His practice spanned a wide range of areas from criminal defense and domestic relations to personal injury and small business issues. He was named partner at the law firm of Mills & Northrop after just 18 months of practice. He served as Huntington County Public Defender for two years. His work led to the establishment of the Huntington County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program. Justice Goff was named Huntington County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 2001 and again in 2002. He also served as president of the Huntington County Police Merit Board and vice president of the Huntington County Bar Association.

Justice Goff left his private practice in Huntington, and for the next 12 years served as Wabash County Superior Court Judge. During this time, he established the Wabash County Drug Court, Wabash County Family Recovery Court, and Wabash County Reentry Court. Justice Goff served on the board of directors of the Indiana Judicial Conference, representing Wabash, Huntington, Wells, and Adams Counties. He also chaired the Protective Order Committee of the Indiana Judicial Conference, which provides guidance to judges, lawyers, and individuals around the state. During his time on the trial bench, Justice Goff disposed of more than 30,000 cases, with only one decision overturned on appeal.

Since joining the Indiana Supreme Court, Justice Goff has continued serving his fellow Hoosiers. He led a successful statewide initiative to expand Family Recovery Courts in Indiana, nearly tripling the number of programs in just two years. In May 2020, he was appointed to serve as Chair of the Indiana Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC). He also has served on the Indiana Task Force on Public Defense, as the Indiana Supreme Court Liaison to the Problem-Solving Court Committee of the Indiana Judicial Conference, as Chair of the Allen County Judicial Nominating Commission, as a member of the National Judicial Task Force to Examine State Courts’ Response to Mental Illness, and as Chair of the Appellate Judges Educational Institute’s 2022 Annual Summit. He is also an adjunct Professor of Law at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law where he teaches on problem-solving courts.

Institutions around the state have recognized Justice Goff’s efforts. In 2018, the Bowen Center presented him with its Centennial Award for working to establish a culture of mental health in Northeast Indiana. Ball State University recognized him as one of its Graduates of Distinction. In 2020, Indiana University presented him with its Bicentennial Medal in recognition of his distinguished service. Also in 2020, he received an award from the Indiana Sheriff’s Association for his leadership and dedication during the COVID-19 emergency. At age 45, Justice Goff was, at the time of his appointment, the youngest member of the Indiana Supreme Court by almost a decade.

Justice Goff and his wife, Raquel, have been married since 1993. They have four children and three grandchildren (and counting). In his spare time, Justice Goff enjoys being with his family and friends. He also runs ultra-marathons.

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