August 20, 2019

Update: Judge Stephen Phillips to Retire from 2nd Judicial District; Applicants Sought for Bench Vacancy

The Second Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet in late August to interview Colorado attorneys applying for the vacancy that the Honorable J. Stephen Phillips will leave upon his retirement from the bench later this year.

The meeting will be held at the Colorado Supreme Court conference room, 101 W. Colfax Ave., in downtown Denver, on Monday, August 23. Following the interviews, the Commission will recommend finalists for Gov. Bill Ritter to consider for appointment.

The Second Judicial District Court hears civil, criminal, and domestic relations cases for the 500,000-plus residents of City and County of Denver. District court judges receive a provisional, two-year appointment by the governor, after which they are retained by voter approval every six years.

All attorneys licensed to practice in Colorado for at least five years and who are registered electors in the Second Judicial District are eligible to apply for the judgeship. Detailed information about the Second Judicial 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 Allison H. Eid, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Eighth Floor, no later than Friday, August 6 at 5:00 p.m.

Judge Phillips was appointed to the Second Judicial District Court bench in April 1983. According to his court bio, he served in the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, and is a former assistant attorney general and served as assistant United States attorney as a trial prosecutor.

The most recent appointee to the Second Judicial District bench is the Honorable Anne B. Frick, who succeeded former Chief Judge Larry E. Naves upon his retirement in April of this year.

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