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Help Wanted: Maryland Court of Appeals judge

Maryland judges and attorneys who live in Montgomery County and dream of serving on the state’s top court must get their applications in to the Appellate Judicial Nominating Commission by 4:30 p.m. on June 24.

The Maryland Judiciary has posted a help-wanted ad for a successor to Court of Appeals Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, who will be constitutionally compelled to retire when she reaches age 70 on Sept. 10. Barbera, who serves as the chief judge, holds the seat for the Seventh Appellate Judicial Circuit, which covers Montgomery County.

The minimum constitutional requirements for the high court are that the applicant be a member of the Maryland bar, be at least 30 years old on the date of their gubernatorial appointment and have lived in the state for at least the past five years and in Montgomery County for at least six months prior to appointment.

The applicants will be vetted by the nominating commission, which will winnow the list of candidates and submit those names in early August to Gov. Larry Hogan for his consideration. Hogan, like prior governors, has issued an executive order stating that he will pick his appointee from the submitted list — but he can always rescind that directive and choose someone else.

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