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Application process opens to fill District Court vacancy

Staff Reports

The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection will accept applications from qualified Nevada attorneys until Oct. 25, to fill the seat on the Ninth Judicial District Court that will become vacant with the retirement of Judge Dave Gamble.

Gamble, 61, who has served on the District Court bench in Douglas County since 1987 – longer than any other sitting judge – will retire on Jan. 6.

Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Cherry announced today the appointment process to fill Gamble’s impending vacancy is open to all Nevada attorneys with 10 years of legal experience, two of those in Nevada.

Applications for the vacancy must be submitted to the commission by 5 p.m. on Oct. 25.

Applications must be submitted in hard copy to the Administrative Office of the Courts. Applications may be submitted to the AOC in Carson City or Las Vegas according to application instructions.

The application for this vacancy is available on the Supreme Court website at:;

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The public will be able to view the applications, with the exceptions of medical records and personal identification information, on the Supreme Court website.

Also confidential will be the letters of comment solicited about the candidates along with letters of reference to ensure the authors can be candid.

After all applications are submitted, the commission will conduct background investigations and interview each applicant. The commission will nominate three finalists, whose names will be submitted to Gov. Brian Sandoval for the appointment.

Interviews are tentatively scheduled for Dec. 10-11, 2012, in Minden.

As has been the rule since 2007, the interviews will be open to the public.

After receiving the names of the three finalists, no time limit exists for the governor to make his appointment. If an appointment is not made within 30 days following submission of names by the commission, the governor may make no other appointments to public office.

The Commission on Judicial Selection is composed of seven permanent members – the Supreme Court Chief Justice, three nonattorneys appointed by the governor, and three attorneys appointed by the State Bar of Nevada. Neither the governor nor the bar may appoint more than two permanent members from the same political party, and cannot appoint two members from the same county.

For District Court vacancies, two temporary members are appointed from the judicial district where the vacancy occurs – a nonattorney by the governor and an attorney by the State Bar – bringing the commission membership to nine.


Contact Commission Staff Member Myrna Byrd, Administrative Office of the Courts in Las Vegas, 702-486-3201.

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