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Judicial Nomination Commission solicits applications

News from Judicial Nomination Commission 

MONTANA – Chief Justice Mike McGrath has notified the Judicial Nomination Commission that the Hon. Douglas Ritter will retire from his position of associate water judge for the Montana Water Court effective Dec. 31, 2018.  

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 water judge. The application form is available electronically at http://courts.mt.gov. Applications must be submitted electronically as well as in hard copy. The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. 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 Friday, Oct.26, 2018, and close Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. 

The Commission will forward the names of three to five nominees to the Chief Justice for appointment after reviewing the applications, receiving public comment, and interviewing the applicants if necessary. The person appointed by the Chief Justice is subject to senate confirmation during the 2019 legislative session. If confirmed, the appointee will serve for the remainder of the term ending June 30, 2020. The annual salary for the position is $132,567.

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.

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