October 1, 2014

Two New District Court Judgeships Created in Fourth Judicial District

Two new district court judgeships have been created in the Fourth Judicial District, State Judicial announced on Friday, and applicants are being sought for the positions. 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 Fourth District Judicial Nominating Committee plans to convene on Monday, September 13 and Tuesday, September 14, at the El Paso County Judicial Building in Colorado Springs, to vet applicants and recommend nominees to fill the vacancy. The Commission will then 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 Fourth Judicial District serves the nearly 800,000 residents of El Paso and Teller counties, and its judges hear a mixed docket that includes civil, criminal, domestic relations, juvenile, and probate matters. District court judges receive an annual salary of $128,598, and serve a provisional, two-year term, after which their retention is put to the vote every six years. The new judges’ appointments begin January 1, 2011.

All attorneys licensed to practice in Colorado for at least five years and who are registered electors in the Fourth 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 Denver’s Second Judicial District and one county court judgeship in the El Paso County Court. Individuals in El Paso County interested in applying for both the District Court and County Court seats must submit separate application packages for each judgeship.

Earlier this month, Judge J. Patrick Kelly and Judge Timothy J. Simmons 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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  1. [...] The seven-member Commission recommended Colorado Springs lawyers William Burlingham Bain, Debra Campeau, HayDen William Kane II, Diana Kay May, Michael Paul McHenry, and Regina Marie Walter to Gov. Ritter for his consideration for the two judgeships in the district court. [...]

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