The public is asked for comments on 13 applicants for an opening created on the Arizona Supreme Court when Justice Michael Ryan retired on August 6.
The applicants are James P. Beene, Robert M. Brutinel, Kent E. Cattani, John C. Gemmill, Andrew W. Gould, Diane M. Johnsen, Drue A. Morgan Birch, Kenneth E. Moyer, Regina L. Nassen, Maurice Portley, Ann A. Scott Timmer, Lisa G. Tewksbury Hauser, and Lawrence F. Winthrop. Their applications for the position can be viewed online at http://www.supreme.state.az.us/jnc.
The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments will review the applications and hear comments at a public meeting on September 13. The meeting will be held at the Arizona State Courts Building in Phoenix, 1501 W. Washington, Conference Room 345, starting at 10:00 a.m. Citizens may address the commission at that time or send written comments to 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, AZ, 85007 or to email@example.com. Comments must be received by September 6 to be considered. Anonymous comments cannot be considered.
At the September 13 meeting the commission will decide which applicants will be interviewed for the opening. The selected applicants will be interviewed on September 30. After the interviews the commission will recommend at least three nominees to Governor Jan Brewer, who will appoint the new justice.