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Water Court Judge Applications

MONTANA SUPREME COURT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 8, 2024
Subject: Call for Applications for Associate Water Court Judge
Contact: Beth McLaughlin, 406-841-2966

The Judicial Branch will begin accepting application today through May 8, 2024 for the Associate Water Court Judge. The Associate Water Court Judge is appointed by the Chief Justice for a four-year term. Current Associate Water Court Judge Stephen Brown’s term expires on June 30, 2024.

Applicants must submit a cover letter and a resume by May 8, 2024 at 5 p.m. to bmclaughlin@mt.gov. Applications must be submitted electronically. In order to be considered an applicant must be a citizen of the United States who has resided in the state two years immediately before taking office and admitted to the practice of law in Montana for at least five years prior to the date of appointment.

Public comment will begin May 9, 2024. Applicants must receive a minimum of three support letters in order to be forwarded for consideration.

The Water Court was created by the 1979 Montana Legislature. It has exclusive jurisdiction over the adjudication of all water-rights claims in Montana. More than 200,000 water rights claims will eventually be adjudicated through the Water Court.

The person appointed to the position is subject to Senate confirmation in 2025.

(Water Court Judge 2024 Call for Application)

(Associate Water Court Judge 2024 Appointment Schedule)