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First Judicial Dist. judge James Reynolds to retire in October

Posted at 4:57 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 18:57:21-04

HELENA — First Judicial Dist. judge James Reynolds has announced he will retire on October 2, 2020.

A release from the Montana Supreme Court says Chief Justice Mike McGrath has notified the Judicial Nomination Commission. The commission is now accepting application for Reynolds' replacement.

The first Judicial District over sees Lewis and Clark and Broadwater Counties. Lawyers in good standing with the state and who meet the minimum qualifications can apply.

Applications are available online and must be submitted both electronically and in hard copy no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 27.

The commission will then announce the candidates and open up a public comment period that will run through Sept. 28.

Three to five nominees will be forwarded to the governor for appointment. The person selected by the Governor is subject to confirmation by 2021 Legislature.

When confirmed the finalist will serve out the remainder of Judge Reynolds term and be paid a salary of $136,896. Judge Reynolds' current term expires in January of 2023.