Applications Available for Court of Appeals Judgeship

by Tony Flesor

The Supreme Court Nominating Commission is accepting applications for a Colorado Court of Appeals judgeship created by the retirement of Judge Dennis Graham, effective Feb. 12. The commission will meet on Nov. 27 and 28 to interview applicants and select nominees for appointment by the governor.

To be eligible for appointment to fill a vacancy, the applicant must be a qualified elector of the State of Colorado and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. The annual salary for a court of appeals judge is currently $170,324. The initial term of office of a Court of Appeals judge is a provisional term of two years. Thereafter, the incumbent judge, if retained by the voters, has a term of eight years.

Application forms are available from the office of the ex-officio chair of the nominating commission, Chief Justice Nancy Rice at 2 E. 14th Ave. in Denver, and the office of the district administrator of any of the 22 judicial districts. Applications and detailed information on how to apply are also available on the court’s home page

Applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. Oct. 23. Any person wishing to suggest a candidate to fill the vacancy may do so by 4 p.m. Oct. 16.

The members of the Supreme Court Nominating Commission are: Kathleen Lord and Daniel Ramos, 1st Congressional District; Ann Hendrickson and Shannon Stevenson, 2nd dCongressional District; Kim Childs and Robert Scott, 3rd Congressional District; Scott Johnson and Tracee Bentley, 4th Congressional District; Jay Patel and Eric Hall, 5th Congressional District; James Carpenter and Michael Burg, 6th Congressional District; Carolyn Fairless and Olivia Mendoza, 7th Congressional District; and Connie McArthur, at-large.