November 23, 2014

El Paso County Seeks Applicants for New County Court Judgeship

A new county court judgeship has been created in El Paso County, State Judicial announced Friday, and applicants are being sought for the position. The new judgeship was 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 seven-member Fourth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission will convene at the El Paso County Judicial Building in Colorado Springs on Monday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 14, to vet and interview applicants. Following the interviews, the Commission will recommend finalists to Gov. Bill Owens, who is expected to announce his nominee within the 15-day period proscribed by the Colorado Constitution.

Judges in the El Paso County Court receive a provisional, two-year appointment by the governor, after which they are retained by voter approval every four years. The annual salary is $123,067.

All attorneys licensed to practice in Colorado and who are registered electors in El Paso County are eligible to apply for the judgeship. Detailed information about El Paso County Court 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 Allison H. Eid, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Eighth Floor, by Tuesday, August 31 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 the Fourth Judicial District, as well as two of the same in Denver’s Second Judicial District. Individuals in El Paso County interested in applying for both the County Court and District Court seats must submit separate application packages for each judgeship.

In related District news, Judge J. Patrick Kelly and Judge Timothy J. Simmons earlier this month announced their autumn retirements from the Fourth Judicial District bench. Details about applying to succeed them on the bench are available here.

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