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Portland, OR—Governor Kate Brown today announced that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Jackson County Justice Court created by the recent election of current Justice of the Peace Joseph Charter to the Jackson County Circuit Court. The Governor thanked Judge Charter for his dedicated service on the Justice Court, and announced that she will fill the position by appointment. Judge Charter’s resignation from the Justice Court takes effect December 4, 2020.

The Governor’s office will use its standard Circuit Court Interest Form for this Justice Court vacancy. Interested applicants should mail their completed application forms to: Dustin Buehler, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE #254, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Forms emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date will be considered timely so long as original signed forms postmarked by the closing date are later received.

Governor Brown fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She encourages applications from lawyers with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. ORS 51.240 sets forth the qualifications for office. Applicants should review the statute to confirm their eligibility for appointment.

For questions about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Shevaun Gutridge at 503-378-6246 or The judicial interest form is also available online .

Contact Information

For News Media

Liz Merah
Nikki Fisher
Charles Boyle

For General Public

(503) 378-4582



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