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Wyoming Supreme Court Vacancy

Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn S. Kite, who acts as Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission, announced today that the Honorable Barton R. Voigt will retire from the Wyoming Supreme Court effective January 3, 2014.

Justice Voigt served as a county judge in Gillette for two years and as a district judge for eight years in Douglas. He was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor James Geringer on March 29, 2001, and served as Chief Justice from July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2010.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will accept expressions of interest from qualified persons to fill the vacancy through September 23, 2013. Copies of the expression of interest form can be obtained from the Clerk of Court at 307-777-7316, the Chief Justice at 307-777-7422, both at 2301 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002, or on the Supreme Court’s website, www.courts.state.wy.us/Employment.aspx. The completed form must be received in the office of the Chief Justice no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 23, 2013.

Rule 7 of the State of Wyoming Judicial Nominating Commission Rules provides as follows:

The commission should at all times take cognizance of the fact that the best qualified nominees may be those whom it would be most difficult to persuade to serve. Accordingly, the commission should not limit its consideration to persons who have been suggested by others or to persons who have indicated their willingness to serve. It shall be in order for the commission, if it sees fit to do so, to tender nomination to one (1) or more qualified persons, prior to, and subject to, the formal action by the commission in making nominations, in order to ascertain whether such a person will agree to serve if nominated.

Governor Matthew H. Mead will appoint the justice from a list of three names submitted to him by the Judicial Nominating Commission. Serving on the Judicial Nominating Commission are Chief Justice Kite, three lawyers elected by the Wyoming State Bar: Robert M. Shively of Casper, Bruce A. Salzburg of Cheyenne, and Jeremy Michaels of Gillette; and three non-lawyers appointed by the governor: Shelly Christianson of Lusk, Gina Monk of Gillette, and Janine Thompson of Cheyenne.

TO SERVE AS A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE, ONE MUST BE LEARNED IN THE LAW, HAVE BEEN IN THE ACTUAL PRACTICE OF LAW AND/OR A JUDGE OF A COURT OF RECORD FOR NINE YEARS, AT LEAST THIRTY YEARS OF AGE, A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES, AND A RESIDENT OF WYOMING FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS.

     

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