Governor Gianforte Solicits Applications, Nominations for Twentieth Judicial District Vacancy

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte is now accepting applications and nominations to fill a district court judge vacancy in the Twentieth Judicial District.


The chief justice of the Montana Supreme Court notified the governor of the vacancy in the Twentieth Judicial District (Lake and Sanders Counties) on March 21, 2024.


Any lawyer in good standing who has the qualifications set forth by law for holding the vacant position may apply or be nominated.


The application form is available electronically at


Applications must be submitted electronically as well as in hard copy by Monday, April 8, 2023, by 5 p.m. Applications will be made available to the public.


The public will be given the opportunity to provide letters of support or other comments regarding the applicants at from Tuesday, April 9, 2024, through Thursday, May 9, 2024. Applicants must receive at least three letters of support to be considered for appointment by the governor.

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