Montana Supreme Court Vacancy Draws 11 Applicants

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – The state has received 11 applications for a soon-to-be vacant spot on the Montana Supreme Court.

Justice John Warner’s resignation is effective Dec. 31. Three years ago, Warner announced he had a type of cancer that targets the immune system, but was able to return to work. He is resigning to spend more time with his family and enjoy retirement.

The Montana Judicial Nomination Commission will pare the list of applicants down to between three and five before submitting them to Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who will make the appointment.

The eventual nominee is expected to take office in January and must run for election next year in order serve out the remainder of Warner’s term, which expires in 2014. Warner was appointed to the seat in 2003 by former Gov. Judy Martz.

The Judicial Nomination Commission is accepting public comments on the applicants until Nov. 18. This list of applicants includes attorneys from Helena, Missoula, Arlee, Kalispell, Butte, Clinton, Dillon and Bozeman.

Comments on the applications can be submitted to any member of the Judicial Nomination Commission and will be submitted to Schweitzer.

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