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Applicants sought for Ravalli County District Court judge

Monday, February 11, 2019  
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The Judicial Nomination Commission is accepting applications for a 21st Judicial District judge opening. 

The Hon. Jeffrey H. Langton announced in November that he is retiring on April 30 after 25 years on the bench. Langton, 65, is currently the longest serving district judge in Montana. 

The 21st Judicial District covers Ravalli County.

The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 11. The commission will announce the names of the applicants thereafter. The commission will accept applications from any lawyer in good standing who has the qualifications set forth by law for holding the position of district court judge.

There will be a public comment period on the applicants from Wednesday, March 13, through Monday, April 15.

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.  The position is subject to election in 2020, and the successful candidate will serve for the remainder of Judge Langton’s term, which expires in January 2023.  The annual salary for the position is $132,567.
 
The application form is available electronically at the commission's website. Applications must be submitted electronically as well as in hard copy. 

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.