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Applications sought for Ravalli County District Court judge opening

Friday, May 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Menden
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The Judicial Nomination Commission is now accepting applications for a 21st Judicial District judge to replace the retiring Judge James A. Haynes of Hamilton.

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.  The application form is available electronically at the commission website. Applications must be submitted electronically as well as in hard copy. The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m., Monday, June 11. 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 Tuesday, June 12, and close Thursday, July 12.

The commission will forward the names of three to five nominees to Gov. Steve Bullock for appointment. The person appointed by the governor is subject to Senate confirmation during the 2019 legislative session.  The position is subject to election in 2020, and the successful candidate will serve a six-year term.  The annual salary for the position is $132,567.

Judge Haynes announced his retirement in April, effective July 31. 

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.