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Applicants sought for Montana Supreme Court justice position

Tuesday, August 29, 2017  
Posted by: Joe Menden
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The Judicial Nomination Commission today opened the application process for Supreme Court justice position that is opening in January.

Justice Mike Wheat announced in July that he will be retiring effective Dec. 31.

The commission is now accepting applications from any lawyer in good standing who has the qualifications set forth by law for holding the position of associate justice.  The application form is available electronically at the commission's web page.

Applications must be submitted electronically as well as in hard copy. The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29. The commission will announce the names of the applicants thereafter.

The public is encouraged to contact commission members regarding the applicants during the public comment period, which will begin Monday, Oct. 2, and close Wednesday, Nov. 1.

After reviewing the applications, receiving public comment, and interviewing the applicants if necessary, the commission will forward the names of three to five nominees to Gov. Steve Bullock for appointment. The position is subject to election in 2018. The successful candidate will serve the remainder of Justice Wheat’s term, which expires in January 2023. The annual salary for the position is $144,066.

Judicial Nomination Commission members are District Judge John C. Brown of Bozeman; Janice Bishop of Missoula; Karl Englund of Missoula; Elizabeth Halverson of Billings; Hal Harper of Helena; Lane Larson of Billings; and Nancy Zadick of Great Falls.