The Eighteenth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet August 6, 2012, to interview and select nominees for appointment by Governor Hickenlooper to the office of District Judge for the Eighteenth Judicial District, which covers Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln counties. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of the Honorable Valeria N. Spencer on August 10.
Judge Spencer was appointed to the Eighteenth Judicial District bench in September 2006. She currently sits in a trial division which handles civil and felony level criminal matters. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Spencer was a criminal prosecutor; first as a Deputy District Attorney in Denver and later as an Assistant United States Attorney. She practiced in the areas of bankruptcy litigation and general civil litigation before becoming a public servant.
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 Thursday, July 26. The appointed district judge will serve an initial provisional term of two years before facing a retention election. If retained in the general election, judges serve six-year terms.