On Monday, April 7, 2014, the Colorado State Judicial Branch announced the retirement of Chief Judge William Sylvester of the 18th Judicial District, effective July 1, 2014. Two additional vacancies on the Eighteenth Judicial District Court bench were created by HB 14-1050, effective July 1, 2014.
Chief Judge Sylvester was appointed to the 18th Judicial District bench in 2001, and has been Chief Judge since October 2006. Prior to his appointment, he was with the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for 10 years, and was in private practice before joining the District Attorney’s Office. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1973 after a stint in the Army, and he received his law degree from the University of Georgia in 1976.
Applications are being accepted for all three vacancies. Eligible applicants must be qualified electors of the 18th Judicial District and must have been admitted to practice law in Colorado for five years. Application forms are available from Justice Coats, the ex officio chair of the 18th Judicial District Nominating Commission, and are also available on the State Judicial website. Applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. on May 7, 2014. Anyone wishing to nominate another person must do so no later than 4 p.m. on April 30, 2014.
For more information on the vacancies and the application process, click here.