Governor to Appoint Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge

Salem, OR - Governor Kate Brown is accepting applications to fill a judicial vacancy on the Multnomah County Circuit Court created Judge Diana Stuart's retirement.


Governor Brown thanked Judge Stuart for her dedicated judicial service, and announced today that she will fill the position by appointment. Judge Stuart's retirement takes effect June 30, 2017.

Governor Brown has been informed by the Presiding Judge of Multnomah County that the judge appointed to this position will be assigned to the Multnomah County Circuit Court's Family Law Department.

Interested applicants should mail or deliver their completed application forms to: Benjamin Souede, General Counsel, Office of the Governor, 900 Court Street NE, Ste. 160, Salem, OR 97301-4047. Forms must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, June 12, 2017. Forms emailed by 5 p.m. on the closing date will be considered timely so long as original signed forms postmarked by the closing date are later received. Please note that the judicial interest form has been updated.

Governor Brown 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. ORS 3.041(2) further provides: "[e]ach judge of the circuit court shall be a resident of or have a principal office in the judicial district for which the judge is elected or appointed, except that in any judicial district having a population of 500,000 or more, according to the latest federal decennial census, any judge of the circuit court may reside within 10 miles of the boundary of the judicial district." Multnomah County has a population in excess of 500,000. ORS 3.041(5) provides the required length of time for the residency requirements.

For more information about the appointment process, or to request an interest form, contact Shevaun Gutridge at 503-378-6246 or shevaun.gutridge@oregon.gov. The Judicial Interest Form is also available here


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