Maryland judges and attorneys who live in Prince George’s County and dream of serving on the state’s intermediate appellate court must wake up and get their applications in to the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10.
The Maryland Judiciary has posted a help-wanted ad for a successor to Judge Michele D. Hotten, whom Gov. Larry Hogan elevated last month to the state’s top court, the Court of Appeals. Hotten held the Court of Special Appeals seat for the Fourth Appellate Judicial Circuit, which covers Prince George’s County.
The minimum constitutional requirements for the intermediate court are that the applicant be at least 30 years old on the date of their gubernatorial appointment and have lived in Maryland for at least the past five years and in Prince George’s County for at least six months prior to his or her appointment.
The applicants will be vetted by the nominating commission, which will winnow the list of candidates and submit those names to Hogan for his consideration. Hogan, like prior governors, has issued an executive order stating he will pick his appointee from the submitted list — but he can always rescind that order and choose someone else.