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Help Wanted: Maryland Court of Appeals judge

Maryland judges and attorneys who live in Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard or Washington counties 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. Oct. 27.

The Maryland Judiciary has posted a help wanted ad for a successor to Court of Appeals Judge Joseph M. Getty, who will be constitutionally compelled to retire when he reaches age 70 on April 14. Getty, who serves as the chief judge, holds the seat for the Third Appellate Judicial Circuit, which covers the six counties.

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 one of the six counties for at least six months prior to appointment.

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

Hogan’s choice will be subject to Senate confirmation.