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Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown announced today she is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Oregon Supreme Court created by the upcoming retirement of Justice Rives Kistler. The retirement of Justice Kistler is effective December 31, 2018, and the appointee will begin service immediately thereafter.

Interested applicants should mail or deliver an Appellate/Supreme Court Interest form to: Misha Isaak, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Suite 254, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2018. Forms emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date will be deemed timely received so long as a later-received original and signed form is postmarked by the closing date. You must use the Appellate/Supreme Court Interest form and not the Circuit Court Interest form.

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

ORS 2.020 provides that a judge of the Supreme Court must be a citizen of the United States, have resided in Oregon for at least three years before their appointment, and have been admitted to practice in Oregon before standing for election.

To receive answers to questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Shevaun Gutridge at 503-378-6246 or

The Appellate/Supreme Court Judicial Interest Form is available online .


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