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Press Release: March 9, 2011

Governor announces Washington County Circuit Court vacancy

Judge Marco Hernandez takes position on the United States District Court

(Salem, Or.)—Due to the appointment of Judge Marco Hernandez to the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Governor Kitzhaber has announced that he is accepting applications for one position on the Washington County Circuit Court. 

Anyone interested in filling the position must submit an Interest Form for Judicial Appointments to the Governor’s office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2011.  Interested applicants should mail or deliver the forms to:  Liani J. Reeves, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301-4047.

Governor Kitzhaber fills judicial vacancies based on merit.  He encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences.

ORS 3.041 and 3.050 provide that at the time of appointment to the court, the candidate must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Oregon and a member of the Oregon State Bar.  ORS 3.041(2) further states: "[e]ach judge of the circuit court shall be a resident of or have a principal office in the judicial district for which the judge is elected or appointed, except that in any judicial district having a population of 500,000 or more, according to the latest federal decennial census, any judge of the circuit court may reside within 10 miles of the boundary of the judicial district."  Washington County has a population in excess of 500,000.  ORS 3.041(5) provides the required length of time for the residency requirements.

To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Jennifer Andrew (503-378-6246).  The Interest Form for Judicial Appointments is also available online at www.governor.oregon.gov.

Media Contacts:
Christine Miles, 503-559-8795
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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