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Applications for 13th Judicial District judge being sought

Friday, December 22, 2017  
Posted by: Joe Menden
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The Judicial Nomination Commission has announced that it is now soliciting applications for 13th Judicial District judge (Yellowstone County).

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 district court judge. The application form is available electronically at the commission’s website. Applications must be submitted electronically as well as in hard copy.

The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. The commission will announce the names of the applicants thereafter.

The successful applicant will replace the Honorable Ingrid G. Gustafson, who was appointed to the Montana Supreme Court Dec. 14 and has submitted her resignation as district judge.

The position is subject to election in 2018. The successful candidate will serve a six-year term. The annual salary for the position is $132,567.

The Commission will forward the names of three to five nominees to Gov. Steve Bullock for appointment after reviewing the applications, receiving public comment, and interviewing the applicants if necessary. 

Judicial Nomination Commission members are District Judge John 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.