Applications for two new Second Judicial District judgeships are sought by the Judicial District’s Nomination Committee, State Judicial announced on Friday. The new judgeships were authorized by the passage of House Bill 07-1054 (pdf) in 2007, which funded several new positions on district and county court benches in Colorado.
The Second District Judicial Nominating Committee will convene on Monday, November 15, to vet applicants and recommend nominees to fill the vacancy. Following the interviews, the Commission will recommend finalists for Gov. Bill Ritter to consider for appointment, and the governor will announce his appointees within the 15-day period proscribed by the Colorado Constitution.
The Second Judicial District Court hears civil, criminal, and domestic relations cases for the 500,000-plus residents of City and County of Denver. District court judges receive a provisional, two-year appointment by the governor, after which they are retained by voter approval every six years. The new judges’ appointments begin January 1, 2011, at an annual salary of $128,598.
All attorneys licensed to practice in Colorado for at least five years and who are registered electors in the Second Judicial District are eligible to apply for the judgeships. Detailed information about the District and the application are available online.
Application packages (consisting of one original application plus seven copies) must be received by the office of Commission ex officio chair, Justice Michael L. Bender, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Eighth Floor, no later than Tuesday, October 19, at 5:00 p.m.
The provisions of HB 07-1054 have created a number of new judgeships announced in recent weeks, including two district court judgeships in El Paso and Teller counties’ Fourth Judicial District and one county court judgeship in the El Paso County Court.