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Interviews set for Arizona Supreme Court, Court of Appeals vacancies

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PHOENIX — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is among nine candidates who remain under consideration for an Arizona Supreme Court opening created by Chief Justice Scott Bales’ retirement.

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments on Tuesday released the names of the candidates still under consideration for the position:

  • Sean E. Brearcliffe, an Arizona Court of Appeals judge.
  • Kent E. Cattani, an Arizona Court of Appeals judge.
  • Maria Elena Cruz, an Arizona Court of Appeals judge.
  • David J. Euchner of the Pima County Public Defender’s Office
  • Richard E. Gordon, a Pima County Superior Court judge
  • Randall M. Howe, an Arizona Court of Appeals judge.
  • Andrew M. Jacobs of Snell & Wilmer, LLP.
  • William G. Montgomery of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
  • Jennifer M. Perkins, an Arizona Court of Appeals judge.

The commission met on Tuesday to decide which candidates to interview. It will conduct interviews on July 26.

Previously, there were 11 candidates under consideration.

After the interviews, the commission will recommend at least three nominees for the opening to Gov. Doug Ducey, who will appoint the new justice.

Comments can be submitted by July 23 via email at jnc@courts.az.gov or regular mail to 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, Arizona, 85007.

Once the choice is made, five of the court’s seven justices will have been appointed by Ducey.

In March, Bales, the lone Democratic appointee on the court, announced his retirement after 14 years on the bench. His last day was set for July 31.

The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments also is asking for public comment on 10 candidates for an opening on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals.

The commission will meet to conduct interviews on July 17.

Comments can be submitted by July 12 via email at jnc@courts.az.gov or regular mail to 1501 W. Washington, Suite 221, Phoenix, Arizona, 85007.

The commission will recommend at least three nominees following the interviews to Ducey, who will appoint the new judge.

Division One of the Court of Appeals hears cases arising in Apache, Coconino, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai and Yuma counties.

The candidates for the opening:

  • Cynthia J. Bailey
  • Michael S. Catlett
  • Christopher A. Coury
  • Rusty D. Crandell
  • David B. Gass
  • Andrew M. Jacobs
  • Daniel J. Kiley
  • Joseph P. Mikitish
  • Jay M. Polk
  • Joshua D. Rogers

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