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Press Release: April 19, 2011

Governor Announces Lane County Circuit Court Vacancies
Judge Mitchell, Judge Billings, and Judge Carp to Retire from Lane County Bench

(Salem, Ore.) — Governor John Kitzhaber announced today that he is accepting applications for three judicial positions on the Lane County Circuit Court to fill the vacancies created by the retirements of Judge Douglas Mitchell, effective May 1, 2011; Judge Jack A. Billings, effective July 1, 2011; and Judge Ted Carp, effective July 1, 2011. 

Anyone interested in filling these positions must submit an Interest Form for Judicial Appointments to the Governor’s office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2011. Please note that the form has recently been updated. 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 than in a judicial district with a population of less than 500,000: "[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[.]" 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 Jen Andrew (503-378-6246). The Interest Form for Judicial Appointments is also available online at http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/boards.shtml#Judicial___D_A__Appointments.

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

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