The Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet March 26, 2012 to interview and select nominees for appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the office of District Judge for the Eighteenth Judicial District, which serves Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. The vacancy will be created by the retirement of the Honorable Robert H. Russell, II on May 31, 2012.
Judge Russell was appointed to the district court bench in 1998. Prior to that appointment, he served in the Arapahoe County Court beginning in 1989. His initial appointment to the bench was as an Arapahoe County Magistrate in 1985, after serving in the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s office and in private practice. His current caseload consists of criminal and civil adjudication, but he also serves in the Domestic Relations division.
Eligible applicants for appointment to fill the vacancy must be qualified electors of the Eighteenth Judicial District and must be admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. Applications must be received by Wednesday, March 7. The appointed district court judge will serve an initial provisional term of two years before facing a retention election. Retained judges serve six-year terms.