The Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission is not wasting any time moving forward with the selection process for Justice Martinez's replacement. On the heels of Justice Martinez's surprising announcement comes this Supreme Court press release issued this morning:
The Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission will meet on Oct. 3, 2011, to review applications, and again on Oct. 11 and 12, 2011, to interview candidates and select nominees for appointment by the governor to the Colorado Supreme Court. The vacancy will be created by the resignation of Justice Alex J. Martinez. The vacancy will occur on Oct. 31, 2011.
To be eligible for appointment to fill the vacancy, the applicant must be a qualified elector of the State of Colorado and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. The current annual salary for this position is $139,660. The initial term of office of a Supreme Court justice is a provisional term of two years; thereafter, the incumbent justice, if retained by the voters, has a term of 10 years.
Application forms are available from the office of the ex officio chair of the nominating commission, Chief Justice Michael L. Bender, or from the Supreme Court Clerk, Christopher T. Ryan, 101 W. Colfax, Suite 800, Denver, CO 80202. Applications also are available on the court’s home page at: http://www.courts.state.co.us/Careers/Judge.cfm
The original signed application and an identical copy of the application in electronic form as a single, text-searchable PDF file must be filed with the ex officio chair no later than 4:00 p.m., Sept. 19, 2011. Late applications will not be considered.