Colorado Court of Appeals Judge Casebolt retiring, vacancy opens

Colorado Court of Appeals Judge James Casebolt announced last week that he would retire from the court effective 1 July 2015.









Judge Casebolt has served on the Colorado Court of Appeals for 21 years, serving as the court’s Deputy Chief Judge since 2005.  Judge Casebolt also serves as a trustee and former chair of the Board of Trustees of the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA).

The court’s  official retirement announcement (and notice of impending vacancy)  was released on 2 April, and also gave notice of the schedule for reviewing applications and nominations:

 The Supreme Court Nominating Commission invites qualified attorneys to apply for a Colorado Court of Appeals judgeship created by the retirement of the Honorable James S. Casebolt, effective July 1, 2015. The Commission will meet May 11-12, 2015, at the Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center (2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203) to interview applicants and select nominees for appointment by the governor.

Judge Casebolt was last retained in office (receiving 70.85% “yes” votes for retention) in November 2012 (see Clear The Bench Colorado‘s 2012 Judicial Performance Evaluations).

Judge Casebolt was widely regarded as an expert on jury selection; his “Civil Jury Selection and Pattern Voir Dire” is is a standard reference for jury screening recommended for use in Colorado courts.

As announced by the court,

To be eligible for appointment to fill a vacancy, the applicant must be a qualified elector of the State of Colorado and must have been admitted to the practice of law in Colorado for five years. The annual salary for a court of appeals judge is currently $151,463. The initial term of office of a Court of Appeals judge is a provisional term of two years. Thereafter, the incumbent judge, if retained by the voters, has a term of eight years.

Application forms are available from the office of the ex-officio chair of the Nominating Commission, Chief Justice Nancy E. Rice, 2 E. 14th Ave., Denver, CO 80203; and the office of the District Administrator of any of the 22 judicial districts. Applications also are available on the court’s home page at:
 For a complete explanation of the judicial nominating process in Colorado, read:
Colorado’s “Merit Selection” Judicial Nominating Process

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