CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Judicial Nominating Commission

Judicial Nominating Commission

Article 5, Section 4(c), of the Wyoming Constitution provides the following:

The commission shall consist of seven members, one of whom shall be the chief justice, or a justice of the supreme court designated by the chief justice to act for him, who shall be chairman thereof. In addition to the chief justice, or his designee, three resident members of the bar engaged in active practice shall be elected by the Wyoming state bar and three electors of the state not admitted to practice law shall be appointed by the governor to serve on said commission for such staggered terms as shall be prescribed by law. No more than two members of said commission who are residents of the same judicial district may qualify to serve any term or part of a term on the commission. In the case of courts having less than statewide authority, each judicial district not otherwise represented by a member on the commission, and each county, should the provisions hereof be extended by law to courts of lesser jurisdiction than district courts, shall be represented by two nonvoting advisors to the commission when an appointment to a court in such unrepresented district, or county, is pending; both of such advisors shall be residents of the district, or county, and one shall be a member of the bar appointed by the governing body of the Wyoming state bar and one shall be a nonattorney advisor appointed by the governor.

Craig Silva’s term on the Commission will expire in February 2018. Nominations for this upcoming vacancy are being solicited. Voting will take place this summer, and the four-year term will begin March 1, 2018.

In accordance with Article 5, Section 4, and with Article VI of the Bylaws of the Wyoming State Bar:

  • Any active member who is a resident of Wyoming and maintains an office for the practice of law in this state and is otherwise qualified pursuant to Wyo. Const. Art. 5, § 4 and W.S. 5-1-102 may serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission.
  • The term of office of each member of the Judicial Nominating Commission shall be four (4) years.
  • No more than two members of the Judicial Nominating Commission who are residents of the same judicial district may qualify to serve any term or part of a term on the commission. Click here to see the current make-up of the Commission.
  • No member of the Judicial Nominating Commission excepting the chairman shall hold any federal, state or county public office or any political party office, and after serving a full term or part of a term shall not be eligible for re-election or reappointment to any judicial office while they are a member of the commission nor for a period of one year after the expiration of their term for which they are elected or appointed.

Nominations for the Judicial Nominating Commission must be signed by at least two active, resident members of the Wyoming State Bar and received no later than 5:00 p.m. July 1, 2017, by the Wyoming State Bar, P.O. Box 109, Cheyenne, WY 82003. Please contact Sharon Wilkinson at (307) 432-2102 or by e-mail at swilkinson@wyomingbar.org if you have any questions.