ANNAPOLIS – Four judges and an attorney have applied for the intermediate Court of Special Appeals seat left vacant in December when Gov. Larry Hogan elevated Michele D. Hotten to the Court of Appeals, Maryland’s top court.
Prince George’s County Circuit Judges Krystal Quinn Alves, Cathy Hollenberg Serrette and Melanie Marva Shaw Geter have submitted their names to the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission, as have administrative law judge Erika Louise Pierson and attorney Phillip Robert Zuber.
The 17-member commission will interview the five candidates and review their records before winnowing the list and submitting its recommendations to Hogan in late March.
The governor can pick his appointee from the list, as is gubernatorial custom, or select someone else.
Hotten held the 4th Appellate Judicial Circuit seat on the Court of Special Appeals, which covers Prince George’s County. As a result, her successor must also reside in Prince George’s County.