LAW WEEK COLORADO
With the retirement of Judge Charles Barton, a vacancy on the 11th Judicial District bench will open July 1.
The nominating commission will meet at the Fremont Combined Court in Canon City on May 11 to interview and select nominees for gubernatorial appointment to the office of district judge. The 11th Judicial District includes Chaffee, Custer, Fremont and Park counties.
To be eligible, applicants must be a qualified elector of the district and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for at least five years. The current annual salary for the district judge position is $145,219, and the initial term of office is a provisional two years. After that, the incumbent district judge, if retained by the voters, serves terms of six years.
Applications are available from the office of the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Justice Gregory J. Hobbs Jr., at 2 E. 14th Ave. in Denver and the office of the district administrator, Walter Blair, at 136 Justice Center Rd. in Canon City. Applications also are available on the court’s website.
The original signed application along with an electronic PDF must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. on April 27. Late applications will not be considered. Nominations can be made by letter to be submitted to any member of the nominating commission with a copy to the ex officio chair no later than 4 p.m. on April 20.
The members of the nominating commission for the 11th Judicial District are Mark Pedigo of Westcliffe, Larry McGee of Canon City, Sandra Berryman of Hartsel, Herbert Phillips of Alma, Margaret Walker of Nathrop and Carlin Walsh of Salida.