J. Clayton Miler for Judge

J. Clayton Miller

For Wayne County Judge

If elected as Judge of Wayne Superior Court No. 1, I pledge to preside over the courtroom with these core values:

  • Act Justly
  • Promote Resolution
  • Serve Humbly


Called to Serve

I grew up in tiny New Lisbon, Henry County, Indiana – a community where it is not an exaggeration to say every resident literally knows every other resident. I spent my formative years engaged with my close-knit family, church, community, and school. This upbringing held me especially accountable for my own conduct because it was virtually impossible for me to do anything anonymously. Thankfully, my rural Indiana roots demanded I treat everyone with respect, honesty, and integrity. The Golden Rule, fairness, and hard work are among the ethics deeply engrained within me.

These characteristics are entirely consistent with the administration of justice. A judge must be no respecter of persons. True justice mandates all persons be treated equally under the rule of law. 

For many years I have included the following paraphrase from Scripture after my email signature line: “Act Justly. Love Mercy. Walk Humbly” (see Micah 6:8), an ethic I strive for every day in my practice of the law. This ethic will serve me well as a judge.

I have the skills, experience, knowledge, and temperament to achieve the high ideals set forth in Article I, Section 12 of the Indiana Constitution:

All courts shall be open; and every person, for injury done to him in his person, property, or reputation, shall have remedy by due course of law. Justice shall be administered freely, and without purchase; completely, and without denial; speedily, and without delay. {Article I, Section 12}

Act Justly.

Love Mercy.

Walk Humbly.

 (See Micah 6:8)

About Clay

My clients have run the gamut from among the wealthiest and best-connected citizens to the very poorest of the poor. All my clients share these common denominators: they wish to have their “day in court”; to walk out of court knowing they had an opportunity to present their cases; and that their voices were heard. As a practitioner who has spent my entire career representing clients in courtrooms, I understand just how significantly the justice system affects all aspects of our community.

Don't Forget to Vote!

Primary Election Day in Wayne County is Tuesday, May 7, from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. For more information about early voting or polling locations, click below for a printable PDF.