The Montana Judicial Nomination Commission is accepting applications to replace state District Judge Ingrid Gustafson, of Billings, who has been appointed to the Montana Supreme Court.
The court’s administrative office announced on Friday that the commission is accepting applications from any lawyer in good standing and who has qualifications as outlined in the law.
Gustafson has resigned as district judge in the 13th Judicial District, which is Yellowstone County, and will replace retiring Supreme Court Judge Mike Wheat of Bozeman.
Applications are available on line at http://courts.mt.gov. Applications must be submitted electronically as well as in hard copy. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Jan. 22.
The commission will announce the names of the applicants after the close of applications.
The public is encouraged to contact commission members regarding applicants during the public comment period, which will run from Jan. 23 to Feb. 22.
The commission will forward the names of three to five nominees to the governor for appointment. The position is subject to election in 2018 and the successful candidate will serve a six-year term. The annual salary is $132,567.
The commission is composed of District Judge John Brown of Bozeman, Janice Bishop of Missoula, Karl Englund of Missoula, Elizabeth Halverson of Billings, Hal Harper of Helena, Lane Larson of Billings and Nancy Zadick of Great Falls.