March 20, 2019

Adams County Court Seeks Applicants for Newly Created Judgeship

The Seventeenth Judicial District Nominating Commission seeks applicants for a newly created judgeship on the Adams County Court bench, State Judicial announced Friday. The new judgeship was 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 Commission will convene on Monday, November 8 and Tuesday, November 9, at the Adams County Judicial Center in Brighton to vet applicants and recommend nominees to fill the vacancy. The Commission will then recommend finalists for Gov. Ritter to consider for appointment. The governor must announce the appointment within the 15-day period proscribed by the Colorado Constitution.

Judges at the county-court level preside over traffic, misdemeanor, small claims, and civil matters for the 435,000 residents of Adams County. They receive a provisional, two-year appointment by the governor, after which they are retained by voter approval every four years. The annual salary is $123,067. The new judge’s appointments begin January 1, 2011.

All attorneys licensed to practice in Colorado for at least five years and who are qualified electors in Adams County are eligible to apply for the judgeship. Detailed information about Adams County 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 Nathan B. Coats, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Eighth Floor, no later than Wednesday, October 20, at 3:00 p.m.

The provisions of HB 07-1054 have created a number of new judgeships announced in recent months, including two district court judgeships apiece in the Second and Fourth judicial districts and one county court judgeship in the El Paso County Court. State Judicial last week announced two newly created positions on the Seventeenth Judicial District bench (of which Adams County is part), which has an October 20 application deadline. Individuals interested in applying for both the Adams County and Seventeenth Judicial District judgeships must submit single application package that indicates their interest in being considered for both positions.

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