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Sept. 30 is deadline for Elko judgeship
by Tribune Staff
Sep 14, 2011 | 437 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Commission on Judicial Selection will accept applications from qualified Nevada attorneys until Sept. 30 to fill the vacancy at the Fourth Judicial District Court that resulted from the death of District Judge Andrew Puccinelli.

Judge Puccinelli died Aug. 8 in Reno at the age of 58. He had served on the bench since being appointed in 2002.

The vacancy in Elko County is open to all Nevada attorneys with 10 years of legal experience, two of which must be in Nevada.

Applications for the vacancy must be submitted to the commission by 5 p.m. on Sept. 30. Applications must be submitted in hard copy to the Administrative Office of the Courts in Las Vegas. The application is available on the Supreme Court website at

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 remaining 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 candidate. The commission will then deliberate and nominate three finalists, whose names will be submitted to Gov. Brian Sandoval for the appointment.

After receiving the names of the finalists, no time limit exists for the governor to make his appointment. However, if an appointment is not made within 30 days, the governor can make no other appointments to public office.

Interviews are tentatively scheduled for Nov. 17 and 18 at a location yet to be determined. The interviews will be open to the public.

The appointed judge must run in the 2012 election and win to retain the seat.

For more information, call 702-486-3201.
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