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Judge Leith to retire from Marion County Bench
Pendleton, OR—Governor Tina Kotek announced today that she is accepting applications for a judicial vacancy on the Marion County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge David E. Leith. The Governor thanked Judge Leith for his dedicated judicial service and announced that she will fill the position by appointment. Judge Leith’s retirement takes effect May 31, 2023.

Interested applicants should address their completed application forms to Richard A. Lane, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, and email (no mail or hand delivery) those completed forms to Shevaun Gutridge at Forms must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2023.

Governor Tina Kotek fills judicial vacancies based on merit. She 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. In addition, ORS 3.041(2) requires the vacancy to be filled by a person who is a resident of or has a principal office in the judicial district or an adjacent judicial district.

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.


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