The state of Colorado is accepting applications through Oct. 31 for people interested in being on the nominating commissions for the 17th Judicial District and the Colorado Supreme Court.

Judicial nominating commissioners are volunteers and serve six-year terms. Their responsibilities include interviewing and nominating applicants for judicial vacancies. Members of the public without legal expertise are appointed by the Gov. John Hickenlooper; attorneys are appointed by the governor, the Colorado Supreme Court chief justice and the attorney general.

There will be 34 vacancies statewide as of Dec. 31, four of which are in the Fourth Judicial District, which covers El Paso and Teller counties.

In the Fourth District, the vacancies include one for an attorney and three for other members of the public. No more than two appointees may be registered as Democrat, and no more than three may be registered as Republican. One must live in Teller County, according to a news release sent by the state.

More information on nominating commissions may be found at

Applications may be made only online at the State of Colorado Boards and Commissions Application page, Applicants should include a current resumé or biography.

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