Three Western Slope districts have vacancies for panels that help select judges

Attorneys and non-attorneys in three western Colorado judicial districts are needed to help select future judges, according to the Colorado Judicial Branch.

State judicial officials said seven seats on judicial-nomination commissions are slated to open by the end of the year in the 21st, 7th and 9th judicial districts. There are 45 vacancies statewide.

Each of Colorado’s judicial districts have commissions of three attorneys and four non-attorneys who are charged with selecting nominees for county and district judgeships.

In Mesa County’s 21st Judicial District, two non-attorneys are needed, and neither can be a registered Democrat, the state judicial branch said. The state’s constitution says no more than half of a commission’s members plus one can belong to the same political party.

The 9th Judicial District, which covers Rio Blanco, Garfield and Pitkin counties, has three non-attorney vacancies and one opening for an attorney. At least one member must be a resident of Rio Blanco County, and the other must be a resident of Pitkin County. The Colorado Constitution says each county represented in a judicial district must have at least one representative.

The 7th Judicial District, covering Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Hinsdale and Ouray counties, needs an attorney who must reside in Ouray County.

Gov. John Hickenlooper will appoint non-attorney vacancies. The governor, Attorney General John Suthers and Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender must sign off on attorney members.

Applications will be accepted through Oct. 14 and are available at


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