Judicial nominating commissions have openings

The Colorado Judicial Branch has 40 openings for various judicial nominating commissions around the state, including 10 in the region.

There are 22 judicial districts around the state, and each has its own seven-member nominating commission that helps choose new judges for district and county courts.

Each commission cannot have more than four people from the same political party, and the majority of them must be dominated by non-attorney members. The commissions also must include at least one person from each county in a district, if there are more than one.

The unpaid commissioners also serve terms of six years, 40 of which are expiring Dec. 31.

The non-attorney members are chosen by the governor, while the attorney members are jointly picked by the governor, attorney general and chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court.

For the 21st Judicial District, which encompasses all of Mesa County, there are two non-attorney positions open for seats currently occupied by commissioners Ivan Geer and Beverly Sewell. Both are Republican.

The remainder of the commission includes another Republican, three Democrats and one unaffiliated member.

For the 9th Judicial District, which includes Garfield and Rio Blanco counties, the terms of two non-attorneys and one attorney are expiring at year’s end.

The panel already has two people representing Garfield County, but one Rio Blanco member’s term is expiring, meaning at least one of the three new appointees must be from that county.

Like Mesa County’s panel, the commission has three Democrats, three Republicans and one unaffiliated.

The 14th Judicial District’s commission, which includes Moffat County, will have four open seats, two for non-attorney members and two attorneys. Those openings are for members from Routt and Grand counties, which also are in the district.

The panel’s current makeup includes four Democrats, one Republican and two unaffiliated members.

While there are no openings in the 7th Judicial District, which includes Delta and Montrose counties, there is an opening for the 3rd Congressional District to serve on the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.

That 15-member panel, which also helps nominate judges for the Colorado Court of Appeals, must include at least one person from each of the state’s seven congressional districts.

That 3rd District seat is currently held by Delta attorney Kim Childs.

Applications are being accepted through Oct. 27 and are available online from the Colorado Boards and Commissions Office at tfaforms.com/290254.


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