Third Judicial District Circuit Court Vacancy
Wyoming Supreme Court Chief Justice Marilyn S. Kite, who acts as Chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission, announced today that the Honorable Victoria E. Schofield is retiring from the Circuit Court, Third Judicial District, Green River, effective April 1, 2013.
Judge Schofield was appointed to serve on the court by Governor Jim Geringer effective July 1, 2000.
The Judicial Nominating Commission will accept expressions of interest from qualified persons to fill the vacancy through April 1, 2013. Copies of the expression of interest form can be obtained from the Clerk of Court at 307-777-7316, the Chief Justice at 307-777-7422, both at 2301 Capitol Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002, or on the Supreme Court’s website. The completed form must be received in the office of the Chief Justice no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2013.
Rule 7 of the State of Wyoming Judicial Nominating Commission Rules provides as follows:
The commission should at all times take cognizance of the fact that the best qualified nominees may be those whom it would be most difficult to persuade to serve. Accordingly, the commission should not limit its consideration to persons who have been suggested by others or to persons who have indicated their willingness to serve. It shall be in order for the commission, if it sees fit to do so, to tender nomination to one (1) or more qualified persons, prior to, and subject to, the formal action by the commission in making nominations, in order to ascertain whether such a person will agree to serve if nominated.
Governor Matthew H. Mead will appoint the Circuit Court Judge, Third Judicial District, from a list of three names submitted to him by the Judicial Nominating Commission. Serving on the Judicial Nominating Commission are Chief Justice Kite, three lawyers elected by the Wyoming State Bar: Robert M. Shively of Casper, Bruce A. Salzburg of Cheyenne, and Jeremy Michaels of Gillette; and three non-lawyers appointed by the governor: Shelly Christianson of Lusk, and Gina Monk of Gillette, and one member yet to be appointed by the governor.
TO SERVE AS A CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE, ONE MUST BE A QUALIFIED ELECTOR OF THE STATE, AND AUTHORIZED TO PRACTICE LAW IN WYOMING.