Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Six apply to replace Watts on CSA

Six people have applied for the intermediate Court of Special Appeals seat left vacant when Gov. Martin O’Malley elevated Judge Shirley M. Watts to the state’s top court in July.

The applicants are attorney Kevin F. Arthur, of Kramon & Graham P.A. in Baltimore; Baltimore City Circuit Judge Audrey J.S. Carrion; attorney Norman E. Parker Jr., of Ballard Spahr LLP in Baltimore; Baltimore City Circuit Judge Michael W. Reed; H. Mark Stichel, of Gohn, Hankey & Stichel LLP in Baltimore; and attorney George G. Tankard III, of counsel at Waters, Kraus & Paul LLP in Baltimore.

The Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission will review the applications — which were due by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday — and submit to O’Malley on Oct. 3 the names of applicants the panel deems qualified.

Watts’ replacement must be from Baltimore, as she held the city’s seat on the intermediate court.

Five of the six applicants have also applied for the at-large seats created on the Court of Special Appeals in the last session of the General Assembly. Reed is the only new applicant.

A total of 29 judges and attorney are vying for the two at-large seats. On Oct. 3, the nominating commission will also submit to O’Malley its recommendations to fill those two seats.

According to Court of Special Appeals Chief Judge Peter B. Krauser, the Court of Special Appeals’ prior complement of 13 judges had remained unchanged since 1977, while the number of cases heard by each judge climbed from 115 cases to 157 per year.