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Press Release: December 20, 2011

Governor Kitzhaber announces Malheur County Circuit Court vacancy

Judge Pratt to retire from Malheur County Circuit Court 

(Salem, OR) —  Governor Kitzhaber announced today that he is accepting applications for a judicial position on the Circuit Court for Malheur County to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge J. Burdette Pratt.  The Governor thanked Judge Pratt for his service to Malheur County and said he will fill the position by appointment.  Judge Pratt’s retirement takes effect April 1, 2012.  
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 Monday, January 9, 2012.  Please note that the interest form has been recently 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 requires that this vacancy must be filled by an applicant who is a resident of or have a principal office in Malheur County.  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/judicial.shtml

 Media Contacts:
Tim Raphael, 503-689-6117
Amy Wojcicki, 503-689-5324

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